Lanett PD: Kroger bomb threat deemed to be false

Published 8:38 am Wednesday, August 3, 2022

UPDATED: At approximately 4:30 p.m. on August 2, 2022, Chambers County Dispatch received a 911 call in reference to a possible bomb in Kroger located at 1401 S Gilmer Ave, a thorough sweep of the store and confirmed that the call was false. Upon investigation it was determined that the person responsible for the phone call was Cassidy Buckner, 22, of Lanett. Bucker was arrested on Aug. 3, 2022, for reporting a false incident (Class C Felony) and obstructing government operations (Class A Misdemeanor).

The investigation further revealed that Buckner made the phone call at the request of Robert Leatherwood, 26, of Lanett. At the time of the 911 call, Leatherwood was pulled over by Lanett Police Department during a traffic stop. Leatherwood requested Buckner call in the bomb threat so that he would be released from the traffic stop. Leatherwood was also charged with Reporting a False Incident on Aug. 3, 2022.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 2, 2022, Chambers County Dispatch received a 911 call in reference to a possible bomb in the Kroger located at 1401 S Gilmer Ave., the Lanett Police Department said in a Wednesday press release.

“Lanett Police and Fire departments responded to the scene and made contact with the management of the store,” the release says. “At that time the store was safely evacuated, and a perimeter was established by the Lanett first responders. At that time responding officers were unable to establish if the call was [a] hoax, so they put a call out to surrounding agencies to assist with EOD detection K9s. Auburn Police Department responded with two K9s and their handlers Lt. Perry and Ofc. Bryan. They did a thorough sweep of the store and confirmed that the call was false.”

This incident is currently under investigation. Lanett Police Department would like to thank Lanett Fire Department and Auburn Police Department for their rapid response and assistance.