June 22nd, 2018

Police now believe Crescent Heights bomb threats are linked, audio of suspect released

By Tim Kalinowski on November 10, 2017.

Medicine Hat Police Service responds Thursday afternoon to yet another bomb threat toward a bank on 8th Street NW, the fourth in the past few weeks. Police now feel it is likely the same individual or individuals making these threats, and have created a full-time unit to hunt for suspects.--NEWS PHOTO TIM KALINOWSKI

UPDATE: Medicine Hat police on Friday released  audio of a suspect in at least one of the incidents in anticipation that the public can assist in identifying the person. The audio can be heard below. Anyone with information can call the tip line at 403-502-8909 or leave a web tip at http://www.medicinehatpolice.com. The tips can be made anonymously or contact information can be provided for follow up.

Police also said Friday that a “nexus between the recent bomb hoax’s and the November 9 armed robbery has not been made.”  Police believe the incidents to be unrelated, but all possibilities are being considered.


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The Medicine Hat Police Service is confirming it now feels four separate bomb threats received the past two weeks at two different banks in the same Crescent Heights neighbourhood are linked, and officers are intensifying their efforts to run down potential suspects.

“We don’t actually have a suspect but we believe it is the same person or persons for all the occurrences,” says Insp. Brent Secondiak. “The similarities are striking.”

The latest threat came in Thursday afternoon at about 2 p.m. at the CIBC bank on 8th Street NW when an individual called the bank to say there was a bomb present in the branch. The Servus Credit Union nearby has also been targeted by these threats.

According to Secondiak, his officers are conducting sweeps, following up on leads and generally beating the bushes in the area to ferret out a suspect.

“These incidents are causing great disruption to businesses and persons in that area,” states Secondiak. “We are working hard, and we have a full-time unit on it. We are hoping this latest threat will provide further information for us on the suspect’s identity.”

Secondiak asks if anyone in the public has further information on these incidents to call into the police service at 403-529-8481.

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