Bomb threats reported in Frisco, Plano, Sugar Land, Round Rock and other cities across Texas on Dec. 13

Police departments across Texas and the U.S. responded to a number of bomb threats Dec. 13

Police departments across Texas and the U.S. responded to a number of bomb threats Dec. 13

Law-enforcement officials across Texas and the U.S. have received multiple reports Dec. 13 of bomb threats via email affecting local businesses, schools and other locations. Local officials in the Austin, Houston and Dallas areas are urging residents to report suspicious activity, but they said the threats have not been considered credible.

According to a statement on social media from the Southlake Department of Public Safety, the email sent to the businesses demanded Bitcoin to not set off the bomb, and everyone received the same version of the email.

"Fair citizens, we wanted you to be aware of two incidents we are currently working involving bomb threats to businesses," the statement said. "We have received information that similar threats are being received across the county."

In the Houston area, Senior Deputy Thomas Gilliland, who works in media relations for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed there were bomb threats emailed to a number of different businesses throughout Harris County on Dec. 13 but said the threats lacked credibility.

“We are aware of recent bomb threats received via email here in Harris County and across the nation,” HSCO officials said in a statement released on Twitter. “We're working with federal, state and local partners to identify the source. Residents are urged to be vigilant and promptly report suspicious, threatening activity.”

Gilliland confirmed the bomb threats in Harris County resembled the threats emailed nationwide Dec. 13 relating to bitcoin. He said no packages had been delivered, and all threats made countywide had been made via email.

“We ask citizens to be diligent about their packages and things, but this mainly seems to be an email-type deal,” Gilliland said.

In a statement on social media, the FBI Houston Division stated it is aware of recent bomb threats made in cities around the U.S. and urged the public to report any suspicious activities that could represent a threat to public safety.

Two businesses in the city of Sugar Land reported bomb threats to the police department Dec. 13, but both were determined to be unfounded, said Doug Adolph, the city’s assistant communications director. Adolph said the two businesses, located at 322 Brooks St. and 12505 Reed Road, received the threats via email.

The Round Rock Police Department said officers have responded to eight bomb threats Dec. 13, although none of the threats are considered credible. All of the threats were received in emails, and at least two are believed to have originated overseas, according to Nicholas Olivier, public information specialist for RRPD. There were no evacuations in connection to the threats.

Similarly, the Austin Police Department said it responded to 24 bomb threats on Dec. 13. According to APD, no devices were found at any of those locations and the threats have not proved credible.

Frisco Police said they are looking into emailed bomb threats at three locations, including the building that houses the regional office for Community Impact Newspaper, among other businesses. The threats are not deemed credible, according to police spokesman Radd Rotello.

Grapevine learned of two bomb threats, one against a business and one against an apartment building, both demanding money. Public Information Office Amanda McNew said the police department quickly determined the threats to be a hoax.
Colleyville and Southlake businesses also received violent threats. Colleyville had one and Southlake had received three so far against its businesses. Colleyville Police Chief Michael Miller said everything had returned to normal at the Colleyville business by 3:20 p.m. and Southlake Police Public Information Officer Brad Uptmore said the threats have been made across the nation but are probably not credible.

McKinney police said two threats were received by businesses there. Police spokesperson Carla Peritz said after the second call it became apparent that it was a hoax.

Lewisville Police Department Captain Dan Rochelle said the department received calls about two threats, one at a landscaping company and the other at an apartment complex. They both indicated they received a company-wide email requesting Bitcoin. The fire department did not find anything and have cleared both calls, he said.

In Plano, police are investigating at least six bomb threats seeking bitcoin payment similar to those reported across the country, Plano Police Department spokesperson David Tilley said.

Details about the Plano locations was not immediately available, Tilley said. They did not include any known city buildings or state lawmaker offices, he said. One of the targets was a home-based business, he said. Tilley said Plano police did not consider the threats credible.

Reporting by Sherelle Black, Daniel Houston, Miranda Jaimes, Kirby Killough, Marie Leonard, Matt Stephens


CMS also unveiled an interactive map that lets users search any nursing home in the U.S. to see its COVID-19 cases. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
CMS reports 321 coronavirus deaths in Texas nursing homes, nearly 32,000 nationwide

CMS also unveiled an interactive map that lets users search any nursing home in the U.S. to its COVID-19 cases.

The point of the gathering was to protest systemic racism against black people, organizer Isabela Marcano said. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
Richardson youth organize peaceful demonstration to protest police brutality, racial inequality

The protest was held to prop up the Black Lives Matter movement, which has garnered new attention since the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The business offers eye exams and a selection of frames. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Perception Eyecare + Eyewear now open in Richardson

The business offers eye exams and a selection of frames.

Frisco announced the spray park at J.R. Newman Park will reopen June 5 along with the spray parks at Frisco Commons and Shepherd's Glen Park. (Courtesy city of Frisco)
Spray parks return to Frisco and more: Business and community news from the DFW area

Read the latest business and community news from Community Impact Newspaper's coverage of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

New indoor practice fields, such as this one at Pearce High School, are part of the new multipurpose activity centers that recently opened in Richardson ISD. (Courtesy Cadence McShane)
Richardson ISD to launch optional sports team workouts, training starting June 8

This will be the first time students have been on campus in an official capacity since transitioning to remote learning in March, Superintendent Jeannie Stone said.

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Centennial in Frisco is part of a large health system that announced a series of layoffs and furloughs last week. (Courtesy Baylor Scott & White)
North Texas hospitals, hit by revenue losses, lobby for Medicaid program expansion

A group of North Texas hospitals plans to promote expanding Medicaid ahead of next year’s session of the Texas Legislature as the state’s health system deals with substantial revenue losses incurred during the coronavirus pandemic.

The creation of a task force is in addition to the district researching and collaborating with the Texas Education Agency, according to a June 3 update from the district. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
District creates task force, prepares for Plano ISD 2020-21 school year

Plano ISD shared its key priorities in planning for the 2020-21 school year as well as the creation of a planning task force in a June 3 update to parents.

Plano Senior High and Plano West Senior High will begin summer training June 8, while Plano East Senior High will begin June 15. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Plano ISD senior high schools to begin offering summer training

Plano ISD senior high schools will begin offering summer strength and conditioning training over the next few weeks, according to spokesperson Lesley Range-Stanton.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Phase 3 of his Open Texas plan June 3. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Greg Abbott's June 3 guidelines allow most Texas businesses to operate at 50% capacity

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott continues to lift coronavirus-related business restrictions.

Plano-based Cinemark announced it would begin a phased reopening of its movie theaters June 19. (Courtesy Cinemark)
Plano-based Cinemark to begin phased reopening of theaters June 19

Cinemark has announced a “multiphased” reopening of its movie theaters that will begin June 19, three months after the Plano-based company closed all its locations nationwide in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Your CBD Store opened in Richardson on May 29. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Second location of Your CBD Store opens in Richardson

The store sells a variety of hemp-derived products, including hemp oil, skin care and pet items.

Census reinstates some field operations in Texas following coronavirus delay. (Courtesy U.S. Census Bureau)
Census reinstates some field operations in Texas following coronavirus delay

Operations began in Fort Worth, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio beginning May 25.