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Published July 08, 2013, 03:56 PM

Fifth area bomb threat in four months

In the past four months, there have been five bomb threats to major retailers in the Greater Grand Forks area. Sunday's bomb threat at Kohl's was the most recent, but different from the others.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

In the past four months, there have been five bomb threats to major retailers in the Greater Grand Forks area. Sunday's bomb threat at Kohl's was the most recent, but different from the others.

Around 3:30 Sunday afternoon, officers received a call from a Kohl's employee saying they'd found a note written in the men's bathroom. That note was a bomb threat. Officers searched the building but found no evidence of a bomb. This bomb threat to Kohl's is different from the others because of the written note.

Other bomb threats in the past months to Walmart, Sams Club, Hugos and the Hugo's in East Grand Forks have been phone calls. Making a bomb threat is a Class C Felony. The charge comes with a maximum of $5,000 fine and/or 5 years in prison. Police say these investigations have been time consuming, but they're determined to get answers.

Lt. Mike Ferguson, Grand Forks Police: "We do take it serious and we will investigate it to the full capability that we have. It is a felony to commit these crimes and it's not a joke."

With regard to the previous bomb threats, Lieutenant Ferguson said tracking down cell phone usage and going through cell phone providers takes some time.

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