ST. PETERS, MO (KTVI) – Walmart stores in several locations across Missouri were evacuated Friday evening after a series of bomb threats were phoned in. Some of them, according to reports out of southwest Missouri, sounded like automated “robo-calls.”
The unsettling series of events reached the St. Louis area a little before 8:00 when a threat was received at the chain’s St. Peters store at Highway 94 and Jungerman.
St Peters Police only described the call as “threatening”. It was threatening enough that store officials immediately began escorting customers outside. That was already well underway when police arrived.
Police say they searched the building and cleared it, allowing customers to return about 8:20. In and of itself, this might just look like a crank call, but reports were coming out of other parts of the state in the same time frame.
In the Kansas City area there was a similar upheaval. Two stores there, one in Raytown and one in Gladstone, were also cleared.
In addition to those one store in Jefferson City was evacuated and two others in the towns of Ozark and Nixa in southwest Missouri received threats according to reports there.
KOLR-TV in Springfield reports calls there sounded as though they were computer generated.
A source at the Walmart store in St. Peters tells Fox 2 he had also heard word within the company that at least on store in Arkansas was threatened.
Despite all the calls, there were no reports of injuries, and nothing out of the ordinary was discovered inside the stores that were searched.