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Authorities probe 3 bomb threats at Wilson's Collins Aerospace

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Authorities were investigating a bomb threat made against a Wilson business Monday afternoon — the third at that location in a week.

Officials were called to Collins Aerospace at 4200 Airport Drive shortly after 4 p.m. Dozens of employees stood outside in what appeared to be an evacuation. 

On Friday, police responded to a 3:50 p.m. call regarding another bomb threat at Collins Aerospace. A text message was sent to a Wilson resident that suggested a bomb was inside Collins Aerospace, said Sgt. Steve Stroud. Responding officers made contact with the business manager Friday and the business was evacuated, Stroud said. The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation was also contacted and an agent with a K-9 checked the business, he said. 

“No bomb was located,” Stroud said. The person who sent the text is unknown at this time, he added. 

Police investigated the first incident at Collins Aerospace on Thursday. Investigators say all three bomb threats were communicated via text message. 

SIMILAR THREATS

Similar incidents also happened nearly five months ago involving other Wilson businesses. 

In September, officers spoke to a resident who said he received a text message about a bomb being placed at Strategic Materials and Smithfield Foods, both of which are located on Wilco Boulevard. Officers searched the businesses and nothing was found, police said at the time. 

On Aug. 30, an employee at Carrons Funeral Home also received a text message that said there was a bomb placed inside Carrons on Tarboro Street and Strategic Materials, police said. Both businesses were also checked and nothing was found inside. No arrests have been made in any of those cases. 

Police ask anyone with information to call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.   

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