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Bomb Threats at Two South Side Kmarts Lead to Evacuation, Search

By Kyla Gardner | September 11, 2013 7:55pm
 Customers leave a Kmart in Chicago in 2011. (File photo).
Customers leave a Kmart in Chicago in 2011. (File photo).
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CHICAGO — One South Side Kmart was evacuated and another searched after each received bomb threats Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

Both stores received a call from someone who demanded several gift cards worth $500 each, police said.

A manager at the Kmart at 5050 S. Kedzie Ave. in Gage Park received a call of a bomb threat sometime before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The Kmart at 7050 S. Pulaski Road in West Lawn received a similar call Wednesday afternoon, police said.

The Gage Park Kmart was evacuated and police officers and store security personnel conducted a security check. No bomb was found, authorities said.

The Kmart in West Lawn was not evacuated, but that threat was also determined to be bogus, police said.

Managers at both stores said they had no comment on the incidents.

Officials said no one was in custody.

A Kmart in New Jersey was reportedly evacuated Tuesday night for a bomb threat.