Update: Bar Harbor bomb threat may have been a scam

BAR HARBOR – A bomb threat at the Rite Aid Pharmacy on Cottage Street Wednesday may be an example of a new type of phone scam.

A Rite Aid employee called the Bar Harbor Police Department shortly before noon to report that the store’s manager was on the phone with an individual who was making threatening statements.

According to police, the caller demanded that the manager load money onto Green Dot MoneyPak cards or there would be an immediate explosion within the store. The phone call was still in progress when police arrived, but the connection was eventually lost.

The Rite Aid and immediate surrounding area were temporarily evacuated while police conducted a search.

No explosive device was found. The store reopened around 1:30 pm.

Police are investigating the threat and trying to track the phone call. Similar telephonic bomb threats have been reported around the country recently.

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