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Bank bomb threat was a hoax

DAWSON, GA (WALB) - The Bank of Dawson will reopen in the morning after a bomb threat forced it to close Tuesday. Now police and GBI agents are working to find out who made the threat, which turned out to be a hoax.

Employees were allowed back into the Bank of Dawson around 1:00 Tuesday afternoon, about two hours after receiving a bomb threat.

"We evacuated the entire bank, got all the employees out, cleared the parking lot. We called the Albany Police Department, they have an explosive trained dog to sniff out explosives, they sent it over to sweep cars and sweep the building. Upon that, GBI was here tracing phone calls that were made to the bank," said Investigator Gene Shattles.

Dawson Police say they believe a foreigner made the threat, which turned out to be a hoax.

"They said it was of middle eastern descent on the telephone and that's all I know right now," said Shattles.

A number customers drove up as officials were inside and a few were questioned.

"Police asked me to drop my bag and I went over and talked to them a little bit, asked me some questions about what I was doing here, what was in the bag, cleared the bag, pulled out all the items, cleared it," said customer William Curry,

The bank was closed for the remainder of the day, as Dawson Police work with GBI agents to catch whoever made the threat.

Dawson police say they conduct robbery and emergency response training with the Bank of Dawson and bank of Terrell. Now they plan on adding bomb threats to that training.

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