A situation of tension erupted in the Gerbes store located on Schotthill Woods Drive in Jefferson City on Monday morning. Customers were swiftly removed when news of a rumored bomb threat erupted like wildfire. The store was placed on high alert and emergency workers on the scene in a rush to investigate any possible threat.
In the words of Jefferson City Police Lieutenant. David Williams, a call was received at 7:27 a.m. and claimed that a bomb was placed inside the store. Security of all present was of the highest priority and led to a swift evacuation of customers and employees.
for the entire time, the store was empty while police searched around every corner, looking for any indication of an electronic device. However, they found no results and at 8:27 a.m. an all-clear was granted. The police confirmed there was no immediate danger to the local community, which brought an exhilaration to the distraught community.
It’s interesting to note that this wasn’t a singular incident. Numerous other Gerbes stores in the area had similar incidents the same day and were reported by the Jefferson City Police Department. Eldon’s Gerbes store was also subject to the same threat, prompting both the local police force and Missouri Capitol Police to spring onto the scene. The thorough investigation revealed no evidence of dangerous devices, putting an end to the frightening incident in a calm and reassuring manner.