A shopping plaza in Torrington was evacuated Monday evening after a report of a bomb threat was called into a retail store.
An unidentified caller said several bombs were in and around the Walmart on Route 202 just before 5:30 p.m., police said.
The caller said the bombs would be detonated if a ransom was not paid, police said.
A neigotiator spoke to the suspect as the Walmart along with the other stores in the plaza, which were filled with customers, were evacuated as a precaution.
The Connecticut State Police Bomb Squad, including K-9s, was called to investigate and after a sweep of the building, it was determined to be safe.
"Nothing of a suspicious nature was located during the search," police said in a statement Monday night.
There were no reported injuries due to the bomb threat.
Police are trying to trace the call and determine how the suspect made it. Once police do that, the suspect will face charges.
After the incident, police said they are "stepping up patrols" at stores in the surrounding area.
Calling in a bomb threat, police said, can cost the town thousands of dollars.
Anyone with information about the incident can call Torrington Police Department at 860-489-2090, or the 24-hour Anonymous Tip Line at 860-489-2065. All calls will be kept confidential.
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