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The LCSO responds to a bomb threat near a shopping mall on US-41 at Bonita Beach Rd

BONITA SPRINGS

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene of a bomb threat at the Center of Bonita Springs mall at the northwest corner of US-41 and Bonita Beach Road Monday morning.

Crime scene tape surrounded the plaza and Publix evacuated all of its employees. The threat also affected nearby businesses and even those that were just passing through.

Craig Jablonski didn’t expect to start his week with a bomb threat. “It’s not very common, especially in this area and all.”

The bomb threat affected at least twenty businesses.

The disruption didn’t stop there. US-41 drivers faced stalled traffic and doubled travel times.

Many Publix customers were stranded because their cars were stuck behind crime scene tape.

The people working nearby didn’t know what to think. “So there’s a bit of excitement and a bit of caution and concern.”

They made the best possible use of downtime. “Honestly, I haven’t had to help customers with heavy furniture and stuff. So I was a little more productive. Since there was no one in the store,” said a local employee.

The sheriff’s office determined the area was safe after about two hours. Deputies only confirmed that it was a bomb threat.

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