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Walmart bomb threat suspect in custody

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Walmart parking lot (Source: Jody Barr) Walmart parking lot (Source: Jody Barr)
Walmart parking lot (Source: Jody Barr) Walmart parking lot (Source: Jody Barr)
Walmart parking lot (Source: Jody Barr) Walmart parking lot (Source: Jody Barr)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Richland County deputies say they have a man in custody who they believe is behind a suspicious package found at Jewelry Warehouse on Bower Parkway and a bomb threat at the Walmart on Harbison Boulevard Wednesday morning.

Deputies say a 26-year-old was arrested without incident around 10:30 a.m. in a wooded area on Old Monticello Circle.

Around 4:45 Wednesday morning, officers recovered an envelope at Jewelry Warehouse containing documents connected to a bomb threat at Walmart. That discovery prompted officers to clear out the store.

The bomb squad searched the store, but did not find anything suspicious. Officials gave the 'all clear' around 10:30 a.m allowing workers and customers back in.

According to South Carolina Law Enforcement Division officers, that package contained letters outlining "devices" placed around the city. Columbia police investigators and officials with the Joint Terrorism Task Force are currently analyzing the letters. 

"We had to stay vigilant, we need to stay aggressive on these kinds of matters and it will be situations like this where we end up with no device, no harm to anybody," said SLED Director Reggie Lloyd.

Officials with the Columbia Police Department, Columbia-Richland Fire Department, SLED, Richland County Sheriff's Department and Richland County Emergency Medical Services responded to the store.

No charges have been filed yet against the suspect.

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