LAYTON– The bomb threat that caused a Layton Walmart to be evacuated Wednesday afternoon is only one of dozens of similar incidents across the nation.
According to Layton Police Lt. Shawn Horton, a man called the Neighborhood Walmart at 1356 E. Highway 193 in Layton and said he and another person would blow up the store if the employee didn’t load debit card with money and give him the numbers. Other stores in Utah have received similar threats, and news reports state that Walmart stores in Milwaukee and Atlanta have as well.
“Utah cases will be analyzed and compared to other cases across the nation,” said Horton, who said that the department’s investigation is ongoing.
At about 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Layton police received a 911 call from a Walmart employee requesting that the employee take 16 “Green Dot Moneypak” reloadable debit cards and load approximately $8000 onto the cards. The caller then said that he wanted the employee to give the caller the numbers needed to access the cards. If this didn’t happen within five minutes, the caller said he would contact someone outside the store who would blow up the store with a bomb.
Walmart employees began an evacuation of the store, and Layton police cleared out both the store and parking area before checking for potential threats. The Hill AFB Bomb squad was deployed, but nothing suspicious was found.
Details of the incident have been forwarded to the Statewide Information and Analysis Center for their information.