LINCOLNTON, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — A Lincolnton man turned himself in to police Tuesday after reportedly making a false bomb threat to a local company back in February, police said.
The Timken Company received two phone calls shortly after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 27, stating that a backpack had been placed in one of the restrooms and was going to explode in ten minutes.
The voice was that of a man who gave a fictitious name.
Employees were evacuated while officers searched the building but no explosive device was found. Detectives determined the call was made through a blocked telephone number issued by Windstream, Inc.
A search warrant was secured and sent to the phone provider who was able to give detectives a number that the calls were made from. Detectives searched the phone number and found the name of the owner. It was also discovered that the owner of the phone had a boyfriend by the name Tyrell Lashan Mack.
It was later discovered that Mack had been working at the Timken Company through a temporary agency and was released the morning of the bomb threat. The girlfriend had knowledge of the bomb threat and agreed to have Mack contact detectives.
On Monday, March 5, detectives spoke with Mack by telephone. At that time Mack confessed to making the threat and explained that he was angry about his job being terminated.
On Tuesday, Mack came to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and turned himself in. He is charged with one count of making a false report concerning a destructive device.