A woman was arrested Saturday afternoon for allegedly making false reports of a bomb and armed gunman at a Walmart Supercenter on Route 1 in Seabrook, N.H., earlier in the day, police said.
Meghan Leavitt, 38, of Alfred, Maine, is facing charges of making false reports of explosives, false reports to law enforcement, and false reports causing public alarm, along with criminal threats and drug possession, police said in a statement.
Officers responded to the Walmart, located at 700 Lafayette Road (Route 1), at around 11 a.m. following a report of a “possible explosive device,” police said.
While they were there, the department received a second phone call stating that a man with a firearm was in the store, but officers quickly determined there was no such man, according to the statement.
The Walmart and nearby stores were evacuated while the New Hampshire State Police bomb squad swept the building, finding nothing, police said.
The store reopened at 1 p.m. after officers determined there was no threat to the public, police said.
Leavitt was arrested around 4 p.m. at a Best Western hotel at 20 Spur Road. She is being held at the Rockingham County House of Corrections in Brentwood, N.H. pending her arraignment at the Rockingham County Superior Court on Monday at 11 a.m.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and that “more charges may be forthcoming.”
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