Benton PD responds after threatening call at Walmart

By: 
Courier Staff
Staff Writer

After receiving a report of a bomb threat at Walmart, Benton officers responded to the store but found no bomb devices.

Sunday at approximately 10 p.m., employees told officers that they received a call from a man threatening to "blow up Walmart tonight," said Matt Burks, spokesperson for the Benton Police Department.

The store was evacuated and the Little Rock Air Force Base Bomb Detection Unit was called to the scene. Using trained K-9s, the store was cleared and no bomb devices were located, Burks added.

"Our department takes these type of incidents very seriously and detectives are diligently following up on leads. The investigation is ongoing," Burks said.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at 501-778-1171 or 501-315-TIPS. Individuals also may send an anonymous crime tip about this incident to 274637 with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text or go to www.crimereports.com to leave a tip.  A crime tip can also be submitted via the official Benton Police Department app found on iTunes and Google Play.

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