Wallingford Starbucks temporarily closed after harassing phone calls

Wallingford Starbucks temporarily closed after harassing phone calls



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WALLINGFORD — A local Starbucks was temporarily closed Friday morning after police said a man in North Carolina made harassing phone calls to the store.

Sgt. William Merriam said police determined that the calls to employees – which he described as  “borderline threatening” – were not a credible threat.

An officer was dispatched to the Starbucks location at 893 N. Colony Road at 6:54 a.m. and remained until about 9 a.m.

Merriam said in the “multiple calls to the store” a person made nonspecific, violent threats. It was unclear whether the threats were targeted at the employees or the building.

The store enacted an internal policy and briefly locked down the business.

Merriam said Wallingford police were able to determine the caller was in North Carolina and alerted the Asheville Police Department, adding that Asheville officers were familiar with the caller and are treating it as a mental health, not a criminal, matter.

Local store management declined to comment, referring all questions to the Starbucks corporate headquarters.

“The safety of our partners (employees) and customers comes first, and we are grateful for the quick action of the Wallingford Police Department,” said a Starbucks representative via email Friday.

LTakores@record-journal.com
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