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Bomb scare in Norman forces two pharmacy evacuations

An unidentified man called two CVS pharmacies in Norman Thursday afternoon, claiming he had planted bombs in them. Police searched both pharmacies but found no explosive device.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: May 29, 2014 at 5:05 pm •  Published: May 29, 2014
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Two CVS pharmacies — one at 1100 E Lindsey St. and the other at 700 W Main — were evacuated Thursday afternoon because of bomb threats, police Capt. Tom Easley said.

Police searched both stores but found no explosive devices.

Patrol officers, as well as the department’s bomb squad, were called first to the CVS on E Lindsey about 1:25 p.m. The store was searched and cleared to reopen by about 2:15 p.m., Easley said.

A second call came in to the police department about 2:20 p.m. that employees at the CVS store on W Main had just received a similar threat by telephone. Police searched the store and cleared it for reopening about an hour later.

Easley said the same man is believed to have placed both calls. Each time, he claimed to have planted a bomb in the store the night before. He said the bomb was set to go off within five minutes of the phone call if employees didn’t meet his demands.

The man wanted money deposited somewhere, but details of how and where the money was to be deposited were sketchy, Easley said.

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