Thursday, March 23, 2023

U.S. man who called in bomb threats to Taber gets five years

An Illinois man has been handed a lengthy term in a U.S. federal prison for calling in bomb threats earlier this year in Taber.

Between February 7th and February 9th, Taber Police responded to 10 bomb threats made to multiple locations in that town including schools, a bank, Walmart, police, and the Taber Hospital.

With help from several police agencies, officers identified the phone number used to make the threats, and tracked it back to Justin Bagley, of Elkville, Illinois.

He was arrested and charged with 11 counts of felony disorderly conduct and held in jail

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Bagley used a phone application that allowed him to listen to emergency services radio traffic, and chose Taber at random in the app.

Police believed that Bagley received some kind of gratification from hearing the radio traffic responding to his bomb threats.

Last week, Bagley was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to the charges and was also slapped with a $3,000 fine.

(Files from Taber Police Service)

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