Police: Suspect used voice changer to call in Wal-Mart bomb threat

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – The Wal-Mart on Parker Road was evacuated after police received a bomb threat targeting the business Saturday.

According to police, at approximately 3:30 p.m. Wal-Mart Security Headquarters in Hattiesburg, Mississippi called the E911 center in Jonesboro in reference to a bomb threat.

E911 dispatchers were told by Wal-Mart security an unknown individual said there were up to five, motion sensitive explosive devices located in the hardware section of the store. The caller also said the devices could be remotely detonated.

Jonesboro police officers arrived at the scene and made contact with Wal-Mart store management. After a discussion, management made the decision to evacuate the store with assistance of police.

After staff and customers were cleared out of the store, Jonesboro police conducted a sweep of the entire building but made an extra focus on the hardware section. No devices were found during the sweep and the store returned to regular service after being closed for about two hours, according to police.

Jonesboro police investigated the caller who made the threat. During the investigation, police traced the call to a minor residing in Jonesboro.

According to police, a family member of the juvenile tipped off officers.

Jonesboro police determined the minor used Skype and a voice-change program when he made the call.

Police arrested the juvenile suspect without incident and they were taken to the Craighead County Juvenile Detention Center.

The juvenile was arrested on charges of felonies of communicating a false alarm, criminal mischief and unlawful use of encryption.

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