An employee from a store in the mall received a text message from an unknown subject posing as a former employee, who threatened to blow up the store.,” Said Public Information Officer, Senior Corporal Jason Hatchell.
WILMINGTON (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: Delaware State Police say they are investigating at the Concord Mall in Wilmington after an employee at the mall received a text message threatening to blow up the store.
In a news release, Delaware State Police did not release the name of the store or the employee who received the text, but did say that the texter was posing as a former employee of the store.
The incident unfolded at a store inside the Concord Mall at 4737 Concord Pike in Wilmington, just after 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
“The incident occurred around 2:33 p.m. today, Sunday, May 8, 2022, when an employee from a store in the mall received a text message from an unknown subject posing as a former employee, who threatened to blow up the store.,” Said Public Information Officer, Senior Corporal Jason Hatchell.
Hatchell said during the initial threat, the panic caused subjects to knock objects to the ground, creating loud banging noises which were mistakenly reported as gun shots. Troopers responded to the scene and evacuated the mall.
Hatchell added, “A search was conducted and nothing out of the ordinary or suspicious was located. The mall remained closed the remainder of the evening.”
It’s the second panic that was caused by the public in less than two weeks. On Saturday April 30, 2022, Delaware State Police responded to the St. Helenas Carnival in the Penny Hill area on Philadelphia Pike for reports of gunshots. However, according to Delaware State Police Troop 1 commander Captain Kerry Reinbold, the incidents that were reported were unfounded.
“I’ve been made aware of various rumors and social media posts reference criminal behavior at the carnival last night. They have all been unfounded. The Delaware State Police and our allied law enforcement agencies did respond to the St. Helena’s last night after reports of disorderly behavior.,” Said Delaware State Police Troop 1 commander Captain Kerry Reinbold.
Reinhold added, “No criminal activity was discovered and police remained on scene to assist the safe exit of all citizens. We are working with the community as well as county and state elected officials to ensure public safety and dispel any rumors.”
Police say this is an active and on-going investigation and are asking anyone who has information in regards to this incident or who may have witnessed anything suspicious, is asked to contact Sergeant Pezzuto of the Troop 2 Criminal Investigative Unit at 302-365-8397.
Information may also be provided by sending a Private Facebook Message to the Delaware State Police, by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, or via the internet at www.delawarecrimestoppers.com.