‘BOMB’ at Peru Mall
PERU — Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei is not pleased with a “BOMB” acronym used by a distribution center which made an early Monday morning delivery to the Peru Mall.
At 6:57 a.m. Monday, the Peru Police Department responded to a 9-1-1 call from the JoAnn Fabrics store, which has recently relocated to the Peru Mall. Store employees were beginning to unload inventory packages from a semi delivery truck when an employee discovered a note attached to a small box. On the white piece of paper, written in big red letters, was the message “This is a new store. This store has not been bombed since (a certain date).” Though the date was written on the note, the police chief declined to give out that information.
Bernabei said the store employees immediately took the appropriate measures, clearing the area and calling 9-1-1. Initially responding to the scene was the Peru Police Patrol Division. When the sergeant viewed the packages and note, she made the notification at that point and called for additional Peru Police personnel, the Peru Fire Department, the Peru Ambulance, and the Peru Emergency Services and Disaster Agency. An incident command center was set up at the nearby former Kmart store parking lot.
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