ROBINSON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Police are investigating after a bomb threat forced a complete evacuation of the Mall at Robinson Sunday afternoon.
Robinson Township Police said the bomb threat was a hoax.
At 5:30 p.m. Sunday, the building was deemed safe and police and the Bomb Squad left the mall.
The mall will reopen Monday morning as normal.
Police said a Sears employee found a note at 1:30 p.m. inside one of the dressing rooms saying there were three bombs in the mall.
Along with Robinson Township Police, Pittsburgh Police, Allegheny County Sheriff’s deputies, nine K-9s and numerous firefighters scoured the mall for hours searching for the bombs.
People inside the mall said an announcement came over the loud speaker telling everyone to evacuate.
The mall and surrounding businesses were closed as authorities searched.
Police said they’re reviewing surveillance footage from the Sears to determine who wrote the note.
Officials at the mall issued a statement Sunday afternoon:
“Following the incident at Mall at Robinson earlier today, we have been working with, and will continue to work closely with, local authorities to help them with their investigation. We can confirm that the authorities are on site in response to a bomb threat.
The safety of our guests, employees and tenants is our top priority and we have evacuated the Mall, which will remain closed through the end of today so the authorities can complete their investigation.
We do not have any further details on the incident at this time. We will update you further as more information is available. Anyone who witnessed the incident or has other information that might be useful should contact the Robinson Township Police Department.”
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