Bomb Hoax Called In To Home Depot In St. Croix Clears Store Of Customers and Employees For Two Hours
CHRISTIANSTED – A bomb hoax caused Home Depot to shoo employees and customers out of its Estate Barren Spot store in St. Croix this morning, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.
Police said they received a report of a bomb threat at 7:44 a.m. and dispatched officers to the store off of the Melvin Evans Highway immediately.
A preliminary investigation revealed that a cashier received a call at 7:27 a.m. from a caller stating that “the Home Depot Store will blow up in 5 minutes.”
Customers and employees were evacuated from the store right away as a precaution.
There has never been a bombing incident or act of terrorism inside the Virgin Islands.
Police said that specialized K9 units and bomb squad officers checked entire store premises thoroughly including vehicles in the parking lot, but no incendiary device was discovered.
The VIPD declared Home Depot safe and secure for operations at 9:41 a.m., according to police.
A Home Depot assistant manager who only identified herself as “Tamika” said that the store had no comment on today’s incident.
It took the manager over four minutes to come to the telephone to answer a reporter’s questions.