Multiple bomb threats made to Albany, Lee Co. businesses

Multiple bomb threats made to Albany, Lee Co. businesses

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Multiple bomb threats have been made to Albany and Lee County businesses, according to officials.

In Albany, Dougherty County Police responded to the Albany Mall shortly before 11:30 a.m. on Thursday to a bomb threat. The first call came in around 11 a.m., according to mall officials.

One of the stores that received the threatening call was Belk, according to the Albany Police Department (APD).

Officials with Jimmy Jazz clothing store said they also received a bomb threat phone call on Thursday.

Officials said some stores chose to evacuate and some remained in business. Mall officials said its evacuation policy is based on recommendations from law enforcement.

The Albany Police Department gave the mall the all-clear.

In Lee County, several threats were made to a number of car dealerships, according to Reggie Rachals, the Lee County sheriff.

Threats were made to Hutchinson Kia of Albany, Toyota of Albany, Prince Chevrolet and Finnicum Motors on 82 and 19.

Prince Chevrolet
Prince Chevrolet (Source: WALB)

Rachals said two to three calls were made to different locations. He said they don’t take these calls lightly and neither does the law.

“A bomb threat is a terroristic threat. Terroristic threats, that is a felony,” explained Rachals.

Rachals said the Lee County and Albany calls could be connected, but investigators are not sure right now.

The sheriff said he doesn’t believe kids are behind the calls.

“It could have been. It could have been a very well disguised voice, but it sounded like an adult to me when I heard the message,” said Rachals.

Rachals said nothing was found at the dealerships and they were cleared.

“If you know of anybody that has been bragging about making the phone call, definitely call the non-emergency number to the sheriff’s office and ask for an investigator,” urged Sheriff Rachals.

APD and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the cases.

If you have any information about the bomb threats, you’re asked to call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number, which is (229) 759-6012.

Just a week ago, Lee County deputies responded to a bomb threat at Walmart.

They said they don’t believe the two are connected.

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