A 14-year-old is alleged to have called in the bomb threat to Wal-Mart on December 18, according to a release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident occurred about 3:30 p.m., with a bomb threat called into the super center located at 976 Commonwealth Blvd., Martinsville. The store was subsequently evacuated. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office Explosives Detection Canine, along with canines from the Virginia State Police, Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, and Virginia Tech Police Department conducted a systematic search of the property. Nothing suspicious was located.
The Henry County Department of Public Safety and local volunteer fire and rescue units were on the scene as a precaution. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and store officials worked together to ensure the safety of the customers and employees.
The juvenile was arrested December 20 on a charge of threatening to bomb a building, and is being held at the W.W. Moore Detention Center in Danville.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 638-8751 or the Crimestoppers Program at 63-CRIME (632-7463). The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards of up to $2,500 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.