UPDATED: Walmart reopens after bomb threat Tuesday night

Published 7:51 pm Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Clanton Walmart has reopened after a bomb threat was called into the store Tuesday night.

An employee took the call around 6:45 p.m. and called 911, Police Chief Brian Stilwell said.

Following store policy, Walmart employees evacuated the building while Clanton officers did a walk through and cleared the premises. The store reopened around 8 p.m.

A Clanton police officer will stay at Walmart through closing time Tuesday night and until all the employees leave, Stilwell said.

The worker who took the call told police the caller sounded like a young male, likely not an adult.

Making a bomb threat is no joking matter. The crime can carry a felony charge for making a terrorist threat.

“We take it seriously,” Stilwell said.

A threat to shoot into the parking lot of the store was also called into Chilton E-911 on Saturday, Stilwell said. That caller’s voice too was described as a young male.

Phone records can be subpoenaed from both calls to try and track from what numbers and where the threats were made.

The threats and the theft of a cash drawer from Walmart on Monday afternoon are not related, Stilwell said.