Police investigate bomb threat in Morton

By WEEK Producer

September 12, 2013 Updated Sep 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM CDT

MORTON, Ill. -- Police are investigating a bomb threat at the Kmart in Morton.

Officers responded to the store around 2 p.m. after an employee received a call from a man demanding he be wired money or he would detonate a bomb placed inside the store.

Customers and employees were evacuated. The Peoria Bomb Squad and K-9 Unit were called to the scene but found no evidence of a bomb.

Police believe the threat is linked to similar incidents that have occurred at other Kmarts across the nation.

"What they're doing is basically, is they're giving instructions to transfer money Visa cards that can be loaded within the store and if they don't do that, then that's when they're proceeding with the threat that there is a bomb inside of the store," Sgt. Shawn Darche, Morton Police Department said.

The Kmart has reopened.

Police said they have no leads. They do not believe the suspect is local.

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