Police are investigating an active bomb threat Tuesday at the North Atherton Street Wal-Mart in State College.
Ferguson Township police say the incident could be related to a robbery and bomb threat is currently under investigation at the nearby SPE Federal Credit Union on Science Park Road.
Wal-Mart was evacuated late Tuesday afternoon, and was still closed to customers as of 5:25 p.m.
By 5:15 p.m., most of the Wal-Mart employees were seen seeking shelter in the parking lot as a rainstorm moved into the area. Other store employees were stationed near the store entrance, notifying customers that the store was temporarily closed, as emergency crews responded to the scene.
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The robbery and bomb threat at the credit union occurred shortly after the bomb threat at Wal-Mart, at about 4 p.m.
Ferguson Township police Chief Chris Albright said an individual entered the credit union at about 4 p.m. and demanded money, received cash and left on foot.
A green package was left by the man on the counter, and credit union employees activated a silent alarm to alert police. Employees were told that the package could be detonated from 2 miles away, Albright said. Bomb squads are on the scene, investigating the package.
Employees told police the suspect was 6 feet tall and wearing a purple dress, a mask and ivory hood.
Albright said the man fled toward Circleville Road.
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