A Perry teen has been charged in connection with a bomb threat that closed the Geneseo Walmart for nearly 2 hours Monday afternoon.
The 15 year old, whose name has not been released due to his age, was charged last night with first-degree falsely reporting an incident, a class E felony. .
According to Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian an unidentified male called the Geneseo Walmart Monday morning around 11:30 asking to speak to a manager. When the manager got on the phone the caller said, “your building is going to blow up today.”
Thats when Geneseo Police arrived and with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Department and State Police evacuated the store and the parking lot. A state police bomb sniffing dog was called in and after a search of the store an all clear was given just before 2:00 p.m.
Osganian said after seeing Facebook postings about an evacuation of Wal-Mart, the teen told his parents and that’s when the parents called police in Perry. They then contacted Geneseo Police,
Police say the teen confessed and his cell phone confirmed the call to Wal-Mart. He allegedly made the call as a prank with his friends while in school in Perry, .
He was arraigned Monday night before Geneseo Town Justice Thomas Bushnell and released on his own recognizance to appear in Livingston County Family Court. Paperwork will be turned over to the Livingston County Probation Department for follow-up.