UPDATE: Bomb threat robbery thwarted at Greenville Rite Aid pharmacy

Posted by Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 9:07 am on Friday, May 16 2014

The Greenville Department of Public Safety is investigating a bomb threat made via a telephone call to the Rite Aid store in Greenville. — Daily News/Mike Taylor


GREENVILLE — The Greenville Department of Public Safety is investigating a bomb threat made at the Greenville Rite Aid store on Thursday afternoon.

Public Safety Director Mark Reiss said a caller phoned the store demanding five pre-paid credit cards, saying he would bomb the store if demands weren’t met. Reiss said the caller gave a time frame of receiving the credit card numbers and security codes on the back.

Each of the requested pre-paid credit cards have a maximum value of $500, according to Reiss. However, the Rite Aid employee did not provide the requested credit card information to the caller, but hung up on the caller instead.

Rite Aid management then evacuated the building and called police.

Reiss said authorities waited for the caller’s specified time frame to pass and searched the building with a Rite Aid employee. Nothing suspicious was found.

“It’s more of a robbery attempt than a bomb threat,” Reiss said.

Similar incidents have been occurring at Rite Aids across the country. In Michigan, there have been at least five other recent cases of similar threats made, including ones in North Muskegon, Bridgeman, Grand Traverse and Kalamazoo.

Reiss said it is unknown if the cases are related and it is unclear if the suspects making the phone calls are even in the United States, making the calls difficult to track.

“This guy could be sitting in Nigeria for all I know,” Reiss said.

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