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Two arrested in bomb threat
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Friday, October 15, 2010

By MORRIS STEPHENSON - Staff Writer

A bomb threat called in on a stolen cell phone to the Rocky Mount Walmart late Tuesday night resulted in two arrests early Wednesday by the Rocky Mount Police Department.

Keith Eric Hinson, 19, and Charles Edward Spears Jr., 20, both of Rocky Mount, are charged with making a bomb threat, according to Lt. Todd Maxey. Hinson is also charged with grand larceny of a cell phone.

Spears was released on bond, while Hinson is being held without bond.

Interim Police Chief David Cundiff said a call from the management of Walmart came in to the Franklin County Communications Center at 10:34 p.m. Tuesday.

Cundiff, Sgts. D.L. Brown and R.L. Smith, and Patrolmen C.R. Shelton and R.B. Garland responded.

They assisted store employees in evacuating the building and securing the area without injury or incident.

Members of the Rocky Mount Volunteer Fire Department and Franklin County Rescue Squad also were at the scene.

Explosive detection or "bomb-sniffing" dogs were called in from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department, Virginia Tech Police Department and the Virginia State Police to conduct a search, which proved to be fruitless, Cundiff said.

Maxey and Sgt. C.C. Sloan conducted a follow-up investigation, which led them to believe that the reported theft of a cell phone earlier in the day at the Franklin County Public Library was connected to the bomb threat.

As a result of their investigation, Hinson and Spears were arrested about 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Hinson's preliminary hearing has been set for 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 in Franklin County General District Court.

 
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