Police still investigating after potential bomb threat at Rainelle Kroger

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RAINELLE, WV (WVNS) — Investigators are still looking into the details of a potential bomb threat made towards a western Greenbrier County grocery store.

West Virginia State Police and Greenbrier County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call of a bomb threat received at the Kroger store in Rainelle on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. According to deputies, an unknown caller told the store there was a bomb on the property.

The store, parking lot, and surrounding properties were evacuated, as Explosive K-9 handlers and a State Police bomb technician responded to the scene. After searching, investigators determined no explosives or suspicious items were found.

Greenbrier County Sheriff Bruce Sloan said they are now trying to identify the anonymous caller.

“This individual who made the call may have told someone they did this,” Sloan said. “May have told a friend ‘Hey, I called in this bomb threat.’ If someone has that information, we certainly welcome them to give us a call and they can do so anonymously.”

Sloan said this type of crime is considered a felony. He said this type of a call puts many people in harm’s way, is disruptive, and even contributes to loss of revenue for stores if they need to close, as many did yesterday.

If you have any information about the anonymous phone call to Kroger, contact the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies said a suspicious package was also found earlier at a gas station in Sam Black Church. They believe the two incidents are not related.

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