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Fairbanks police evacuate Teddy Bear Plaza businesses after bomb threat

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Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 5:13 pm | Updated: 1:52 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

FAIRBANKS - Businesses in Teddy Bear Plaza in West Fairbanks were closed several hours Wednesday for a bomb threat that appears not to have been legitimate.

At 2:49 p.m., the Subway restaurant in the strip mall received a threat about a bomb in the parking lot, said Sgt. Gary Yamamoto with the Fairbanks Police Department. Everyone was evacuated from the businesses, but one vehicle was suspicious because it was left behind, he said. It became more suspicious when a police dog gave a positive indication that there were explosives in the vehicle.

A bomb disposal person from Fort Wainwright was called, but the vehicle was found to be clear of explosives, Yamamoto said. Police cleared the scene by 6:30 p.m.

The registered owner of the vehicle was interviewed and is not considered a suspect. However the owner did report that he left the vehicle locked. Police found it open, Yamamoto said.

Although the person who made the threat has not been identified, there was a report of a possible motive for a bomb threat, Yamamoto said. Someone was fired from one of the businesses at the plaza Wednesday and made a statement that he was going to get everyone in the business when he left.

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