Bomb threats work of juveniles
Published 8:16 pm Monday, July 19, 2004
By By LYDIA GRIMES Feature Reporter
For the second time in the last few weeks, Brewton's Wal-Mart was evacuated due to a bomb threat. The latest threat came Tuesday night, July 13.
The Brewton Police Department received a call from Escambia Central E-911 that calls were made at 7:54, 7:55 and 7:57 p.m., threatening the local Wal-Mart. The Brewton Police Department and the Brewton Fire Department responded and upon arrival the building was evacuated.
Fire Chief Lawrence Weaver and Police Chief David Lovelace, along with a member of Wal-Mart management, went inside to check for anything looking suspicious. After checking the building and finding nothing out of the ordinary, it was determined that the threat had been a prank.
After investigating the scene, Chief Weaver and Chief Lovelace came back to the 911 room at police headquarters.
Lee B. Shaughnessy came in and reviewed the 911 tapes. They were able to find out that the call was made from a cell phone and authorities identified the number of the phone used to call.
The next day, Investigator Eric Suarez got a break in the case and several juveniles were questioned and found to be responsible for the calls. According to Brewton Police, they were definitely responsible for the calls on Tuesday and may have been responsible for the first call several weeks ago. The investigation is ongoing.