Police and FBI investigating several local bomb threats connected to nationwide investigation

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Authorities in Oklahoma City are dealing with several bomb threats that are tied to a national threat.

Law enforcement agencies across the United States have been bombarded with bomb threats sent via email, targeting locations across the country.

Investigators with the Oklahoma City Police Department tell News 4 that there have been 13 threats at locations throughout the metro, including Wiley Post Airport. So far, none of those threats have been credible. Authorities say the local threats are all connected to the nationwide investigation.

Officials ask that if you receive an emailed threat, contact your local law enforcement agency and save the email.

Edmond is investigating at least 5 locations where threats were received, including the home of Steven Voelker.

"I knew it was something that, it's weird. First of all, the grammar was better than most of these you get, because the grammar's terrible, and you just know: delete. But the grammar was okay, so I kept reading, 'bomb in a building,' I'm not a building and then I see bitcoin. And I'm like, nah, this is ridiculous," said Voelker.

Voelker says he is curious about a box that was delivered to his home minutes before he received the threatening email.

Voelker said he was sure the email was fake, but called Edmond police and provided them with copies of the email before deleting it completely from his email account.

"'I mailed it to your building. I've got a mercenary standing by,'" Voelker said, recalling what the email read. "And I'm thinking, 'Okay, this is ridiculous.' But why would I get it?"

Officials there tell News 4 there are gathering information and forwarding it to the FBI, which has opened a case and is investigating.

The New York City Police Department said the threats sent Thursday were meant to cause disruption and compel recipients into sending money and are not considered credible.

Some of the emails had the subject line: "Think Twice.'"

The Oklahoma City FBI office provided us with this statement:

"We are aware of the recent bomb threats made in cities around the country, and we remain in touch with our law enforcement partners to provide assistance," said Oklahoma City FBI field office spokeswoman Andrea Anderson. "As always, we encourage the public to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activities which could represent a threat to public safety."

 

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