Weaverville – On Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at approximately 1:23 pm Weaverville Police Department officers responded to yet another report of a possible bomb at the Weaverville Walmart, after management called 911.
The store was evacuated and the property was cordoned off by Weaverville Fire Department. The store was searched for a potential device(s) by police and K-9 Units with the Buncombe County Sheriffs Office. No devices were located.
“Police are investigating any possible link or any similarities between this threat and the one on August 14, and are actively working leads,” according to a press release. “The investigation is open and ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Weaverville Police Department at (828) 645-5700.”
Asked about suspects, Weaverville Police Chief said, “I can’t go into too much detail of course since the investigation is open and leads are actively being pursued. We’re certainly looking into any similarity between these cases to see if they might be related and if so how.”
Asked if the person making these threats was caught, what the charge and the punishment might be, Davis said the charge would be GS 14-69.1 – Making a False Bomb Threat, which is a Class H felony and is punishable by up to 10 – 21 months in prison.
Asked if they had identified any suspects, Davis said, “As this is an open investigation I cannot comment on any possible evidence or suspect information the department has. I will say however leads are actively being pursued and we will keep you updated with any major developments.”