Police departments in 4 towns respond to hoax threats

Police in four towns are investigating a string of hoax calls that were made to local departments Friday night. In some cases, officers responded to false reports with SWAT teams.

Police are unsure whether these incidents are connected, according to a statement from Natick police.

At 7:46 p.m. Friday, a staff member at the IMAX 3D Theater at Jordan’s Furniture Natick received a call alerting the staff to a bomb and an armed gunman inside the theater. When the building was evacuated and police arrived to investigate, they determined there was no threat to public safety, according to Natick police.

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Woburn police responded to call from a male who said that “he had harmed his mother in an apartment complex on Westgate Drive and that other people may be harmed as well,” according to police. When Woburn police and Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council SWAT Team responded, neither the suspect nor any victims were found, the department said in a statement.

A hoax bomb threat was also received at the Jordan’s Furniture complex in Reading, according to the Globe. After the building was evacuated and police swept the area, nothing was found.

A fourth call was received by Wilmington police, according to the Boston Globe, but no details were available about the incident.

Both Woburn and Natick police said they were aware of the other phony reports given to other stations, but have not confirmed a connection between each incident.

“The Natick Police Department takes all threats and calls for service seriously,” Chief James G.  Hicks said in a statement. “We will actively investigate in an effort to determine who is responsible for this unfounded call.”

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