A scary phone call to the Drumheller McDonald's had police evacuating the area over the weekend. According to Corporal Rachel Pergunas of the Drumheller RCMP, it turned out to be a hoax.
"On Saturday, March 23 at around 8 pm we got a call from the McDonalds. They had gotten a bomb threat at the restaurant. They cleared out the restaurant and our members went over and secured the area. It was determined that it was a hoax, there was no danger to the public. Some investigation was done right away, there is a phone number associated, and we are following up on that."
Pergunas does mention that experts in this kind of area were called in while they investigated. In this sort of situation, the RCMP attend the situation with a high response, preparing for the worst but hoping for the best. Thankfully for those in the area during that time, it turned out to be the best case scenario.
"I believe there were four calls in total were made to the restaurant. There is some information from those calls that we are in hopes of identifying the suspect. This does seem like this was a prank or hoax that got a little too far. We don't think this was an adult calling it in, but we are still looking into it," she continued.
The RCMP are encouraging anyone who has information to come forward to help identify a suspect. These kind of calls cause not only wasted time for the RCMP, but the stress on the civilians involved. Fortunately for Drumheller, this was a rare occurrence.
"No, we don't get very often, thank goodness, a lot of police resources go into this investigation. We are glad we don't get more of them and hopefully this doesn't become some kind of trend," she stressed. "It depends on the age of involved too. We take that into consideration as far as charges or consequences. If there are adults, things are quite a bit more serious than that and we do criminal code charges."