Following security sweeps initiated by bomb threats, two Mechanicsville-area grocery stores have reopened.
In a statement, Lt. Chris Whitley, of the Hanover Sheriff’s Office, said nothing suspicious was found at either location. Kroger management had re-opened both stores, but Whitley said investigators remain on-scene and the investigation into these incidents is ongoing.
The first incident was reported today at approximately 3 p.m. at the Kroger grocery store located in the 6300 block of Mechanicsville Turnpike. The second incident was reported at approximately 3:15 p.m. this afternoon at the Kroger grocery store in the 9300 block of Atlee Road.
The threats forced the evacuation of both facilities, which were then swept by bomb-detecting K-9s and Sheriff’s Office personnel.
The bomb threats were received by phone by a Kroger employee at each store, who then reported it to the Sheriff’s Office.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 365-6140 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637 (CRIMES), using the keyword “iTip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.