OLATHE, Kan. — Police in Johnson County reported multiple false bomb threats were made against two grocery stores Tuesday morning.
Overland Park police spokesperson John Lacy said around 8:35 a.m. Tuesday the department received a call about a “static explosive” inside the Whole Foods near 119th Street and Metcalf Avenue.
“Usually when they call, they’d say they have a bomb inside a trash can or a bathroom or something like that,” Lacy said. “However, this person did not indicate where an explosive device was inside the store.”
Officers evacuated the store but found no evidence of a bomb, Lacy said.
Lacy said they take these incidents seriously and will continue to investigate, but at this point, Overland Park police do not have any suspects.
“We consider all of these calls real. Even if they’re pranking us, we are going to treat it like it’s a real call and there’s a device inside a structure. When someone says, ‘I’m just going to play or mess around with the police and see what they do,’ we’re going to treat it very serious,” he said.
Then just after 9 a.m., Olathe police were called to a Whole Foods at 119th Street and Black Bob Road for a bomb threat.
Olathe Police Sgt. Joel Yeldell told FOX4 officers cleared the building as a precaution, but found no bomb.
Once it was determined there was no credible threat to the store, police left the area around 10 a.m.
Regardless, it was a scary situation for those in the area.
“It’s always a little nerve-racking when you see a bunch of cops and you don’t know what’s going on. We just had to sit tight,” said Adina Yodler, who works in the area.
Lacy said it’s unfortunate that swatting calls like this happen.
“There’s other things we should be doing other than having bogus calls for service,” he said.