Officers with the Dryden Police Service responded to an email threat received by a Dryden business earlier this week. The police service emphasizes there's no evidence of any explosives being placed or detonated.
Police across North America and New Zealand have been involved in evacuations related to the wave of threats to businesses, schools and other locations. Authors of the spam emails are demanding payments in bitcoin in exchange for not detonating a supposed bomb.
Kenora OPP officers responded to a threat near the Wholesale Club yesterday. Police have confirmed the threat in Kenora was linked to the international threats.
"Yes, the bomb threat we responded to yesterday afternoon, at the 900 block of Park Street, turned out in fact to be one of the other threats that we've seen across North America," said S/Sgt. Paul Van Belleghem.
"Once we determined that the threat was, in fact, related to the other incidents of threats across North America, we de-escalated our response," he continued.
Across the province, S/Sgt. Carolle Dionne of the OPP added they responded to a total of 15 calls related to the bitcoin emails, including three from the Thunder Bay call centre. Dionne noted they continued to work with other law enforcement partners, including the RCMP, but no charges had been laid.
Members of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch are investigating multiple bomb threats across the province. The threats were sent via email, targeting businesses and institutions, demanding a payment in bitcoins.
There have been similar incidents reported throughout North America. The public is encouraged to report any suspicious activity that could be a risk to public safety.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (847 7).
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