Community Alert-Bomb Threats Targeting Chain Retail Stores in Boston

Overview: There have been a series of at least (5) bomb threat scams involving telephonic bomb threats for currency cards, made to various drug stores and retail outlets in the Boston area. 

The circumstances involving these incidents are as follows:

On September 20, 2013: officers responded to bomb threats at (5) separate CVS Pharmacy stores in Boston, located at 587 Boylston Street (District D4), 231 Massachusetts Avenue (District D4) and 400 Tremont Street (District D4), 191 Cambridge Street (District A-1), and Charles Street (A-1), respectively. These threats all involved a male caller reporting that a bomb had been placed inside the businesses and would be detonated unless money was transferred. No devices or suspects have been located at this time.

On August 26, 2013: officers responded to a CVS Pharmacy store at 631 Washington Street (District A-1)  Downtown, Boston for a bomb threat and spoke with an employee who reported that an unknown male had placed (5) separate calls to the business indicating that he had placed a bomb in the store and that an associate was watching the store. The suspect demanded that store employees active $3,000 worth of currency cards and provide the pin numbers necessary to cash the cards. No devices or suspects were located.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating facts and circumstances surrounding these incidents. Anyone with information is asked to call District D-4 (South End) detectives at 617-343-5619 or District A-1 Detectives at 617-343-4248.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling CrimeStoppers at 1(800) 494-TIPS (8477) or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those wishing to remain anonymous.