About 25 Walgreen employees stood nearly a half hour outside the store Wednesday afternoon after a caller allegedly threatened to "blow the place up."
Just before 2 p.m., a caller asked to obtain a prepaid VISA credit card number over the phone, and when the employee refused to give it to him, the caller got mad and said if the employee didn't cooperate, he would "blow the place up," said Prescott Valley Police Lt. Wayne Nelson.
Apparently, a similar situation took place at a Walgreen Drug Store in Colorado this past week, and also at the Prescott Valley Kmart Store this past month, he added.
"It was 2 p.m. when I telephoned my boss," said Salvation Army bell ringer Patricia Montes, Prescott Valley resident, standing across the street with others.
As employees and customers poured out of the store, Montes said at first she thought everyone was going to lunch at the same time, then found out they were being evacuated. She took her bell, the stand and metal donations pot across the street with her to wait it out.
"I am responsible for the kettle," she said.
Montes has been a bell ringer at the same location in front of Walgreen for three years. She said she watches the parking lot and has foiled break-ins and an attempted dog theft in the past.
PVPD allowed the Walgreen store managers and employees to return inside after 25 minutes. The public was allowed in soon after.