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Stores across Georgia evacuated after bomb threats

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Several Walmart stores and one restaurant in cities across Georgia had to evacuate their buildings after bomb threats targeted them.

Emergency crews responded to at least six Walmart stores and a Cracker Barrel restaurant from Tuesday to Wednesday.

A Walmart Supercenter in Lee County was evacuated Tuesday after a bomb threat was reported in the store's pharmacy. A unit from Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany later determined there was no threat present at the shopping center.

Wednesday afternoon, a Walmart Supercenter in East Albany was evacuated after a caller told a Walmart employee that a car with a bomb inside would arrive to the store 30 minutes later.

Police conducted a search and said nothing was found. Customers were later allowed to re-enter the store.

Less than 5 minutes later in Cobb County, authorities reported that a Marietta Walmart was evacuated due to another bomb threat, according to WSB-TV.

Around 5 p.m. Wednesday evening, a Walmart Neighborhood Market and Cracker Barrel restaurant were evacuated due to bomb threats.

Those locations were later cleared after a search by officials.

In Valdosta, both Walmart locations were forced to evacuate after bomb threats were reported there.

Store officials allowed customers back into the store after a brief search found nothing.

In LaGrange, police later confirmed that a Walmart Supercenter also evacuated its building after a bomb threat at the store.

Officials said the store reported that threat around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A spokesperson said officers had found nothing after a search.

Police agencies said they were working to sort through hours of call logs to find out who is responsible for the threats. One Walmart employee told authorities that they would recognize the source number they were called from if they saw it again.

Meanwhile, investigators said they take each threat seriously. If they catch a caller who made any of the bomb threats, that person would be charged with terroristic threats and acts, which is a felony.

Anyone with information on any of the threats received is urged to call police.

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