TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – The Tippecanoe County Bomb Squad responded to a pair of false threats within minutes of each other Monday night. One also involved threats of armed gunmen inside a large retailer.
It started shortly after 5 p.m. at the West Lafayette CVS at Salisbury and Sagamore. Police are not saying what specific demands were made by a male caller. The store was reopened around 6:20 p.m. when no devices were found.
Just 25 minutes later, around 6:45 p.m., Lafayette police said a man called in a threat to the Kmart on State Road 38.
Officers said when he started making threats, the manager alerted another employee to call police. The conversation lasted about 20 minutes. The man also said he had armed gunmen inside the store who would start shooting people if the manager didn’t wire him money.
“We don’t take it very lightly. That’s why we’re getting the bomb squad out here too,” said LPD Ofc. Matt Meeks. “It’s definitely an emergency situation. We’re going to treat it as a high-risk emergency.”
No bomb was found at Kmart, which opened back up around 8 p.m.
Both incidents remain under investigation. Police are not sure if they are connected.
Another CVS in Fishers, Ind., just north of Indianapolis, also received a bomb threat Monday evening.