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Man wanting time with girlfriend calls bomb threat to P.E.I. Walmart

PROVINCIAL COURT
PROVINCIAL COURT

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — A man who called in a bomb threat to Walmart because he wanted his girlfriend to get off work so they could spend time together will be sentenced in November.

Logan Richard Arsenault, 19, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown where he pleaded guilty to making the threat.

The court heard that on Aug. 2 at around 1:15 p.m. someone called 911 from a payphone in Stratford to report a bomb at the Walmart in Charlottetown.

That caller, who claimed his name was Winston, said he knew people who worked at the store and they needed to get out.

The store was evacuated and several police agencies responded, including an explosives disposal unit from Halifax.

Surveillance video from a business near the payphone helped the Charlottetown Police Services identify Arsenault as the caller.

The court heard Arsenault's girlfriend worked at Walmart and he wanted her off so they could spend time together.

Crown attorney Jeff MacDonald told the court an unexplained briefcase was found in the store, but the police didn't find any explosives.

The store was shut down for about six hours and Walmart estimated it lost about $100,000 sales.

Defence lawyer Yolande Murphy asked for a pre-sentence report and the case was adjourned until Nov. 4 for sentencing.

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Logan Richard Arsenault, 19, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown where he pleaded guilty to making the threat.

The court heard that on Aug. 2 at around 1:15 p.m. someone called 911 from a payphone in Stratford to report a bomb at the Walmart in Charlottetown.

That caller, who claimed his name was Winston, said he knew people who worked at the store and they needed to get out.

The store was evacuated and several police agencies responded, including an explosives disposal unit from Halifax.

Surveillance video from a business near the payphone helped the Charlottetown Police Services identify Arsenault as the caller.

The court heard Arsenault's girlfriend worked at Walmart and he wanted her off so they could spend time together.

Crown attorney Jeff MacDonald told the court an unexplained briefcase was found in the store, but the police didn't find any explosives.

The store was shut down for about six hours and Walmart estimated it lost about $100,000 sales.

Defence lawyer Yolande Murphy asked for a pre-sentence report and the case was adjourned until Nov. 4 for sentencing.

Ryan.Ross@tc.tc

Twitter.com/ryanrross

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