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Target store in Gilbert evacuated for bomb scare

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GILBERT, Ariz. -

A Target store in Gilbert was evacuated Tuesday morning in connection to a bomb threat.

About 10 a.m. Tuesday, a man called in a "vague" bomb threat from a pay phone, claiming he had put a bomb at the Home Depot at Crismon and Baseline and the Target at Val Vista and Warner. Mesa Police received the call, and contacted Gilbert Police.

Target management decided to evacuate the store in light of the threat, and officers assisted, according to Gilbert Police Sgt. Jesse Sanger. Employees gathered at a fast food store across the parking lot while police searched the building.

"It was unsettling. More than likely, there's nothing to it, but it just wastes a lot of people's time," said Target shopper Joe, who didn't give his last name.

"I was shopping, they very calmly came up and said 'we're evacuating,' and I saw about five officers that looked pretty serious about something. It wasn't until I got outside that I heard it was a bomb threat... the mood was kind of confused," said shopper Carly Stoltenberg.

Officers didn't find anything dangerous inside. As for the Home Depot, it was not evacuated.

"We have no suspects or suspect info. We have no indication of a device and there are no evacuations. Our officers have cleared the call," stated Mesa Police Sgt. Steven Berry.

Monday, a Southwest plane was diverted to Phoenix and grounded for hours while police and the FBI investigated a threat. In that case, nothing of concern was found.

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