TEWKSBURY - The Walmart on Main Street in Tewksbury was evacuated while police and a bomb squad searched the building for explosives due to a threatening telephone call received by employees Monday.
Police Chief Timothy Sheehan said two employees received a phone call about 11 a.m., from a man who said his name was David.
The caller claimed he had hidden a bomb inside the store, and that he would detonate the bomb and kill the families of the employees who answered his calls if they did not fulfill a list of demands.
Those demands were for five "Blue Dot Cards" that the caller wanted "loaded with money," according to Sheehan.
The caller also demanded that $4,000 in cash be sent to Pakistan on his behalf.
Police immediately evacuated the store and called for help from a state-police bomb squad. Tewksbury police and two canine units from state police helped sweep the store for explosives. Nothing was found.
Sheehan said the store was reopened a short time later.
Tewksbury police are asking for help from anyone with information on this incident is asked to call 978-851-7373. If you want to remain anonymous, call the tip line at 978-851-0175, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.