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Centerville Target store bomb threat one of several along Wasatch Front
by DAN METCALF, JR.
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Centerville Target store bomb threat - Dan Metcalf | Davis Clipper
Centerville Target store bomb threat - Dan Metcalf | Davis Clipper
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Centerville Target store bomb threat - Dan Metcalf | Davis Clipper
Centerville Target store bomb threat - Dan Metcalf | Davis Clipper
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CENTERVILLE - As of 5 p.m. Thursday police were responding to a bomb threat at the Centerville Target, one of other similar threats made at locations across the state. 

Officials say a store in Orem and in American Fork also received bomb threats.

Centerville Assistant Police Chief Paul Child told the Clipper that a call came into the Centerville Target, located at 200 N. Marketplace Drive at about 3:39 p.m. and was taken by a female employee.

Child said that employee described the voice from the caller as a man with a "thick Hispanic accent."

According to Child, the caller demanded to speak with the store manager. When the manager spoke with the caller, he said there was an explosive device hidden in the store and that he would detonate it if certain demands weren't met, according to Child.

When the manager asked what those demands were, Child said the call became "garbled," and that the manager was not able to understand what those demands were. The manager also suggested that the caller's voice may have had a thick "Asian-Indian" instead of Hispanic.

Child said the manager called 911 immediately, and officers, along with South Metro Davis Fire crews - swept the building and parking lot, but found nothing.

According to Child, similar threats were called into other Target stores along the Wasatch Front, and that the FBI would be involved in the investigation to see whether the other threats were connected to the same person or group. 

Though nothing was immediately located, police and bomb squad members continued to make sweeps of the building and parking lot as a precaution.

Child said even though no apparent danger was present, his staff and other public safety officers take such threats very seriously.

"These things drain our resources," said Child. "But we don't want to encourage people to repeat this, so we always do a thorough investigation."

Child said he hoped to wrap up the investigation quickly, so that the store could get back up and running as soon as possible.

Check back with the Clipper for further updates.
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