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Posted: December 20, 2013

Police seek phone lender in courthouse bomb hoax

Caller remanded until later in New Year

The man arrested in relation to a bomb threat at the Cranbrook Provincial Courthouse on Thursday, Dec. 19 appeared in court this morning (Dec. 20) and has been remanded in custody until sometime in the New Year.

During the investigation Cranbrook RCMP learned the man borrowed a phone from a helpful female in order to make the phone call citing a bomb was in the courthouse.

Police would like to speak to her. He allegedly asked to borrow her phone as his was out of minutes. This occurred in front of the CIBC Bank on Baker Street between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m., Dec 19. If you are that person, please contact the General Investigation Section at Cranbrook RCMP Detachment, 250-489-3471

Cranbrook RCMP was notified at 9:20 a.m. yesterday by BC Sheriffs of a bomb threat that had been received by one of the court clerks.

The voice message was left shortly after 9 a.m. and retrieved by the clerk as she began her workday.
 The Sheriffs and RCMP evacuated the courthouse and cordoned off the streets around the building, with the assistance of Cranbrook Fire and Rescue Services.

A male suspect was identified early on in the investigation and was quickly arrested. The subject advised police the call was a hoax and a search of the courthouse found no threats.

The 35-year-old male from Cranbrook appeared before a Judicial Justice of the Peace later that afternoon on charges of Public Mischief. Released by

Cranbrook/Kimberley RCMP

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