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June 10, 2014

Local CVS target of bomb threat: PHOTOS

No explosives found; two others in state also threatened

FAIRMONT — The CVS Pharmacy at 1201 Beverly Road was evacuated Monday afternoon after a bomb threat was received.

But it was not the only in the state so threatened.

“Three of the CVS (stores) in the state of West Virginia have been targeted for bomb threats,” said Sgt. Glen Staley of the Fairmont Police Department.

Beverly Road was shut down after a bomb threat was called into the pharmacy, and a caller or callers also made threats to CVS locations in Westover and Charleston around the same time.

The 911 call originated at 3:42 p.m. after store personnel received the threat.

“It was very specific, and they called in three different stores,” said Staley. “It’s just not Fairmont that’s being targeted. It’s the whole CVS chain.”

Bomb threats are usually made to illicit a response from an establishment or to coerce them into meeting demands, he said. Callers might want drugs or prepaid phone cards from a store like CVS, or they could just be disgruntled employees.

However, no details of the caller’s demands or agenda have been released due to the continuing investigation.

The pharmacy was cleared and employees were allowed back inside after a bomb dog sniffed inside and around the cars in the main parking lot. The dog, named Uno, then cleared the perimeter after sniffing employee’s cars before Beverly Road was reopened.

Marion County Rescue Squad, Fairmont Police Department and Fairmont Fire Department responded to the call, and State Police were also at the scene. Fairmont P.D. will attempt to track down phone records and compare notes with police departments that responded to threats in the other locations, Staley said.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to obtain enough information to be able to do something,” he said.

Email Chelsi Baker at cbaker@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @cbakerTWV.

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