Bomb threat at East Greenwich drug store unfounded
EAST GREENWICH, R.I. —
An East Greenwich pharmacy was evacuated and bomb-sniffing dogs were called in Tuesday to search the store after police said workers received a bomb threat over the phone.
Authorities were called to inspect the Walgreens in East Greenwich Square on Division Street at about 3 p.m., but didn't find anything suspicious in the building.
The bomb threat prompted evacuations at several businesses in the plaza. All were re-opened an hour later.
Police told NBC 10 the caller had a heavy Middle Eastern accent and demanded pre-paid money cards from the store and claimed there was a bomb in the building.
"They were called and asked to activate some gift cards over the phone and when the manager refused or hesitated, the threat came over that basically there was a bomb in the building. So we came up to evacuate," said Lt. Stan Cirella of the East Greenwich Police Department.
A day earlier in Barrington, a similar incident was reported when a caller demanded $500 in pre-paid money cards or he would blow up the Rite Aid on County Road.
Police in Barrington didn't find anything suspicious.
Barrington Police Chief John LaCross called the incident a hoax and said it may have been part of an ongoing sting of call-in threats at Rite Aid locations in other states, most notably a string of bomb threats at stores in Michigan.