Franklin police are continuing the investigation of a device that forced an evacuation of the Walmart store in Franklin last week.
Police Chief Russell Whitman said Monday detectives are awaiting a report from the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab from the remnants of the device and have yet to receive surveillance video from the Walmart store because of some technical issues with the recording equipment.
Whitman said that “it’s too early to tell if this incident is related” to the bomb threat that was phoned-in to the Walmart store, 8880 Kingsridge Drive in nearby Miami Twp., on Sunday afternoon that also prompted an evacuation of that store.
Miami Twp. police said the store received the threat from an anonymous source about 3:10 p.m. and contacted police. Several police agencies and canines searched the store. Police ruled the threat as unfounded, and no suspicious devices were found. The store was allowed to reopen about 6 p.m.
It was the second bomb threat received by that store in as many months after the threat was written in the bathroom.
About 3 p.m. July 18, a suspicious device was found by a customer at the back of row 2 in the parking lot of the Walmart, 1275 E. Second St., in Franklin. Store personnel called police, who shut down East Second Street between Deardoff Road and Interstate 75.
When the Butler County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad arrived, the store was placed on lockdown and all customers inside were moved away from windows and doors. The device was detonated by a bomb squad robot that shot the package with a shotgun-type round.
If anyone has any information about the device or saw anything last week that might help police, call Franklin police Detective Steve Figliola at (937) 746-2882.