No bomb located during threat at Belding Party Store

Posted by Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 8:23 pm on Sunday, August 05 2012

Belding Police Department, Michigan State Police, Ionia Sheriff’s Department and the Rockford City Police responded to a bomb threat at the Belding Party Store on Bridge Street in Belding. Daily News/Kelli Ameling

BELDING – An employee called 911 after receiving a bomb threat with specific instructions on how to exit the building at the Belding Party Store.

Police were dispatched at 7:08 p.m. to the store located at 304 N. Bridge, said Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson.

“The employee received a call from an unknown caller,” Nelson said, adding the caller notified the employee of a bomb in the building and demanded  money while giving specific instructions on how to exit the building.

The employee called 911 and evacuated herself and two customers from the building.

A K-9 that specializes in finding bombs was brought in from Rockford to assist police in located a bomb.

Nelson said the K-9 did not locate anything suspicious.

“Anybody that would even think that this would be a good way to threaten anyone – it is not,” Nelson said. “We will be aggressive in our search of the suspect.”

The last time a bomb threat was made in Belding was at the local McDonald restaurant about three or four years ago, Nelson said.

When asked if the Belding community should be worried, Nelson said everyone should be watching and observing what is going on around them and report any suspicious situations.

The Belding Party Store will remain closed for the rest of the night and will resume business as normal Friday.

The investigation is on going and anyone with information should call the Belding Police Department at (616) 794-1900.

Michigan State Police, Ionia County Sheriff’s Department and the Rockford Police Department assisted at the scene.

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