Video threat leads to closure of Thomaston Walmart

By Stephen Betts | Aug 22, 2019
Source: File photo The Walmart in Thomaston was closed early Aug. 21 due to a threat. This photograph is from another time when customers were evacuated because of a bomb threat.

Thomaston — The Walmart just off Route 1 closed early Wednesday night, Aug. 21, after police received a warning that a man had posted a video online saying he was going to the store with a gun.

Thomaston Police Chief Tim Hoppe said local police received information from New York State Police that the man, who is not being identified, posted the video on Facebook Messenger showing him with a gun. The man said he was going to the local Walmart.

The New York police had reported that the man had told relatives he was planning on coming to the Midcoast of Maine.

Hoppe said since Thomaston is the closest Walmart to where the man was believed to be in the Midcoast, a decision was made to notify the store, which agreed to close at 9 p.m. Wednesday. The store normally stays open until midnight.

Hoppe said Rockland police and the FBI are assisting in the investigation.

He said more information will be released once the suspect is apprehended.

The store reopened Thursday morning.

The threat comes less than three weeks after a man killed 22 people and wounded 27 at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. And a few days later, a man in Florida was arrested for threatening to commit a mass shooting at a Walmart in that state.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Aug 22, 2019 10:56

What a way to have to live. Why on earth does anyone but law enforcement need to carry a firearm around with them. Owning and wearing in a public place is two different issues. I saw a young man going to the summer solstice in Rockland get out of his car, take his toddler out of the backseat and walk downtown with a pistol tucked in his pants. Tell me that he needed to be packing a gun at a family event. These are the kind of people we need protection from as he obviously gets his self-esteem for his gun. He has a right so take your chances.

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