Wednesday evening at about 8:00 p.m. the information desk at the St. Augustine Outlet Mall, located on S. R. 16 west of I â€“ 95, reported to the St. Johns County Sheriffâ€™s Office that they had received an anonymous bomb threat.
Mall security stated to Deputy Sheriff James Hayward that a caller, described as a â€œmale voice that was hard to understandâ€, told him that â€œthere was a bomb at the NIKE storeâ€. When the security officer asked the caller to repeat themselves, they hung up the telephone instead.
K-9 Deputy Josh Underwood responded to the scene to assist Deputy Hayward. A bomb â€œsniffâ€ was conducted, however, the canine did not â€œalertâ€ according to details in the incident report.
The mall security officer was not able to provide any additional information to the responding deputies and by 9:00 p.m., Deputy Hayward reported that the scene was cleared.
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