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Bomb threats in Taber made by U.S. man with no connection to town

Detectives in Illinois say Justin Bagley of Elkville selected the Alberta community through an app that allows people to listen to radio transmissions of emergency services.

Justin Bagley from Illinois allegedly used an app that listens to emergency services' radio transmissions

Taber police say they are not pursuing additional charges against Justin Bagley, who faces 10 felony counts in the States for allegedly making fake bomb threats. (CBC)

A man arrested in the United States for allegedly calling in fake bomb threats to places in Taber has no known connection to the southern Alberta town, according to police. 

Detectives in Illinois said Justin Bagley of Elkville selected the community through an app that allows people to listen to radio transmissions of emergency services.

Bagley allegedly called in 10 bomb threats to two schools, a hospital, a bank and a Walmart in Taber between Feb. 7 and Feb. 10. 

Taber police chief Graham Abela said they worked with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to obtain a subpoena for phone records associated with the suspected phone number and linked Bagley to the calls. 

He faces 10 counts of felony disorderly conduct in the U.S., according to a statement from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Taber police said they are not currently contemplating additional charges in Canada. 

Bagley was previously convicted in 2005 and served a jail sentence in the United States for a similar offence.

With files from Lethbridge News Now

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