Police are investigating a Friday morning bomb threat that forced the evacuation of the Starbucks along Queen Street after an unknown caller said they planned to "to blow up the building."
Officers responded just before 8 a.m. to the 613 Queen Street establishment and promptly proceeded to close down the building, evacutating about five employees and 20 customers.
Several local residents said officers stood guard at the entrance as police canines entered the building.
Southington Police Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz said Connecticut State Police assisted and provided a bomb squad to the scene, but no evidence of any explosives were found.
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"The interior of the building was searched using a K-9 unit. The K-9 unit did not alert to anything and there was nothing out of the ordinary observed inside the building," Dobratz said. "After the building was searched, employees and patrons were allowed to return to the building."
Police were alerted to the threat by an employee, who said a phone call from an unknown patron became heated and the patron "threatened to blow up the establishment."
Dobratz said the department is taking the threat seriously and will seek to find and press charges against the individual. It was unknown whether the caller was a male or female, he said.
The case is still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Southington Police Department at (860) 621-0101.
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