Published: Fri, December 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Calgary police deem bomb threats sent to local businesses were a hoax

Calgary police deem bomb threats sent to local businesses were a hoax

Police tweeted just before 2 p.m. Thursday that they were investigating threats at the two locations. The businesses were closed for about an hour while police investigated, but no explosives were found.

The sender claimed to have had an associate plant a small bomb in the recipient's building and that the only way to stop him from setting it off was by making an online payment of $20,000 in Bitcoin.

"In total, 15 events were called into police but it is believed that many more emails were likely sent to Calgary individuals and businesses", said Insp.

MSP and partner agencies on federal and local levels are conducting risk assessment procedures regarding the threats and will determine appropriate responses. "The (department) takes these threats seriously until proven otherwise, as the safety of the people of San Diego is our top priority".

Castanet Penticton News Director Colin Dacre says a source at the scene indicates several other dealerships in the Okanagan, specifically Vernon and also Kamloops have likewise received threats.

It is not yet clear if the threats are connected.

The Alberta RCMP issued a statement Thursday afternoon saying the threats came with a demand for a Bitcoin, and asked anyone who received an email threat not to respond to the demands.

That statement echoed one issued by the New York Police Department's Counterterrorism Bureau, which stated, "We are now monitoring multiple bomb threats that have been sent electronically to various locations throughout the city".

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Dozens of bomb threats - all believed to be unfounded - were reported in major cities across Canada and the United States on Thursday.

Police officers are attending each location and necessary precautions are being taken.

Police forces in cities across Canada investigated multiple bomb threats on Thursday as authorities in the US said similar threats sent to dozens of locations appeared to be a hoax. RCMP tell Castanet the auto dealerships in the area have received bomb threats which they are taking very seriously.

These emails start with a threat similar to the following text.

Some of the emails have the subject line "Think Twice". Authorities said a threat emailed to a school in Troy, Missouri, about 55 miles (88 kilometres) northeast of St. Louis, was sent from Russian Federation. "We encourage the public to remain vigilant and report suspicious activities that could represent a threat".

Colorado's Columbine High School also reported receiving a threat on Thursday, though it was not immediately confirmed to be related to the string of bomb threats across the country.

The series of bomb threats include the city hall building in Aurora, Illinois; a school in Troy, Missouri; businesses in Detroit; offices of the News & Observer newspaper in Raleigh, North Carolina; and a suburban Atlanta courthouse. Penn State University noticed students via a campus alert. In an update, the school said the threat appeared to be part of a "national hoax".

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