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Arrest made in Jacksonville Walmart bomb threat

JACKSONVILLE, Il. – Investigators announced the arrest of the man suspected of making a bomb threat at a local Walmart Saturday night.

Jacksonville Police officers arrested 68-year-old Thomas J. Beiermann of rural Roodhouse around 11:28 p.m. Saturday for disorderly conduct bomb threat.

According to police, Beiermann entered the Walmart Superstore at 1941 W. Morton Street around 3:00 p.m. and told two off-duty employees, “There’s a bomb going off in fifteen minutes and you guys are on your phones, but that’s not my problem.”

Employees evacuated the store but lost sight of Beiermann.

Investigators didn’t find a bomb and declared the building safe.

They said around 8:30 p.m., they got a tip that led them to identifying and arresting Beiermann.

Investigators thanked the public for their assistance and quick response.

Beiermann is being held at the Morgan County Detention Facility where he is awaiting his bond hearing.


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Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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