Two unrelated bomb threat cases are being investigated by authorities in Marshall and Elkhart counties today.
In Elkhart County, Capt. James L. Bradberry of the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, said the 911 center there received a threat at about 10 a.m. this morning. The caller made the threat toward the county and city courthouses and the prosecutor’s office which Bradberry said in a statement “was non-specific and general in nature.” Officers completed checks of the buildings, however, and no bombs or suspicious items were located.
In Marshall County, the Plymouth Police Department reported that, at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 22, the Plymouth Public Library received a bomb threat. In that case, the library was immediately evacuated.
In a press release, Plymouth Police Detective Sgt. Leo Mangus said the investigation found that the threat had been called in from a cell phone belonging to Brentlyn Jones, 19, of Plymouth.
Jones was located that same evening and, during questioning, admitted to making the bomb threat to the library and also stealing items from the library earlier in the day. Police say Jones had also consumed alcohol earlier in the day on March 22.
Jones was booked in the Marshall County Jail for false reporting of a bomb, theft and illegal consumption of alcohol. His bond was set at $1,500 cash.
The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department is continuing their investigation today and vow to make every effort to prosecute those who make false reports of bomb threats. Making a false report about placing an explosive or a destructive device inside of a building or place of assembly is a Class D felony, which is punishable up to 3 years imprisonment.