Employees head back to work after state police give the all clear following a 60-minute bomb scare evacuation.
Police evacuated much of the shopping plaza at 1000 Division Street Tuesday afternoon after Walgreens received a bomb threat. The fire department and state police were called to the scene at around 2:40 p.m. After a search of the store, the all clear was given at 3:36 p.m.
According to EG police Lt. Skip Cirella, the bomb threat was made to the Walgreens manager during a phone call. A similar incident took place at a Rite Aid in Barrington on Monday.
The Walgreens manager was talking with a man who asked him to activate prepaid cards, Cirella said. When the manager said he couldn’t do that, the caller said there was a bomb in the building and he had a bomb with him as well.
When the manager heard that, he said he would activate the cards and to hold on, Cirella said. The manager then spread the word that customers and employees should leave the store.
The manager declined to comment.
All of one half of the L-shaped plaza and part of the other half were evacuated. The entrance from South County Trail was blocked during the evacuation but the Division Street entrance remained open. About half of the parking lot was closed off until state police gave the all clear.