Bomb threats and extortion attempts continue in stores across the country as the FBI continues their investigation.
Three more cities are investigating bomb threats.
The FBI responded to a bomb threat and possible hostage situation at a supermarket in Deland, Florida. Authorities went as far as blocking traffic to nearby streets.
Meanwhile, in Cincinnati officials evacuated Bigg’s grocery store after receiving a bomb threat. In Cleveland, the FBI is investigating four different stores where people were forced to evacuate this morning after similar threats where made to a Wal-Mart and three Giant Eagle grocery stores.
The FBI says that it believes all of the threats are coming from the same individual or group.
Authorities said Wednesday that they were investigating bomb threats in at least 11 states, including Monday’s threat at the Harding’s in Buchanan.
A man called the Harding’s market in Buchanan saying that there was a bomb in the store. He threatened to blow up Harding’s unless the managers wired him money.
A spokesman for Harding’s says the Buchanan store tried to wire less than 3,000 dollars to the crooks. Luckily, the store made a mistake and sent it to Paraguay, instead of Portugal as the caller demanded.
Investigators told NBC News that they believe the man is using the Internet to hack into each store’s security system. Police say the suspect appears to be targeting stores that offer Western Union service.
The majority of the calls involve extortion attempts and the threats appear to be coming from overseas.