Police evacuated a Walgreens and neighboring businesses after a caller demanding money threatened to have an accomplice leave a bomb in the drugstore.
Police received a report of a bomb threat at a Walgreens at 121 East El Camino Real in Mountain View Thursday morning. As of 12:50 p.m., Mountain View police had cleared the building and did not find any explosives.
The employee received a call requesting $3,000 worth of prepaid cards sometime between 10:30 and 11 a.m. The caller said that if the employee didn't fulfill the request, there was a person in the store who would drop off a bomb in the building and leave. Police evacuated the Walgreens and neighboring businesses, and investigated the building with two bomb-sniffing dogs, according to Sgt. Saul Jaeger of the Mountain View Police Department.
At 12:50, police and the dogs left the Walgreens and crossed the street to Oak Lane, which was blocked off as the command post for the police during the investigation.
Jaeger said the police department occasionally gets suspicious phone calls but bomb threats are rare, and that they take every bomb threat seriously. Eight policemen responded to the threat, along with a response from the fire department.
Both dogs, borrowed from the Sunnyvale Police Department, are trained to give a "passive alert" response if they detect accelerates or explosives.
Around 12:45 Jaeger said that the dogs had not found any explosives, and employees would return to the building to look for anything suspicious.