June 21, 2018
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Skowhegan police identify suspect in Walmart bomb threats

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A teenage boy is facing charges in connection with two bomb threats at the Skowhegan Walmart this winter, police said.

The 14-year-old Augusta teen, whose identity was not released because of his age, could be charged with terrorizing, a Class C felony, or a Class D misdemeanor charge of causing a false public alarm, according to Skowhegan police Chief Ted Blais.

The boy has not been charged pending further review of the case by the district attorney’s office, Blais said.

The bomb threats occurred on Jan. 28 and Feb. 3.

Detective Josh King worked with the district attorney’s office and was able to identify the suspect, Blais said. The teen apparently attempted to mask his cellphone by use of an online service.

Police also will seek restitution for Walmart and the Skowhegan Fire Department, Blais said. The cost to Walmart was estimated at more than $38,000 in lost wages while Skowhegan’s response cost the Fire Department $2,600.

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