Brodhead man accused of bomb threat to Janesville Wal-Mart

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Frank Schultz
October 15, 2014

A Brodhead-area man has been arrested in the false bomb threat to the Janesville Wal-Mart on Oct. 6, Janesville police announced.

Accused of placing the phone call was Brandon J. Collier, 36, of 5537 S. County T, Brodhead, police said.

Collier was arrested Tuesday after a traffic stop in Janesville, police Lt. Keith Lawver said.

Police previously had traced the phone threat to Collier's cellphone, Lawver said, and Collier's probation agent recognized Collier's voice on a recording of the bomb threat call.

Collier admitted being at Wal-Mart, 3800 Deerfield Drive, the night the call came in, Lawver said.

Police don't know what motive he might have had for making the call.

Collier also was arrested at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday on charges of delivery of heroin and two counts of delivery of cocaine at or near certain places, according to a police report.

The Rock County Communications Center received a 911 call at 12:11 a.m. Oct. 6 from a man claiming a bomb had been put in a bathroom, police said at the time.

Store management decided to temporarily close the store, and employees and customers were asked to leave.

“No explosives were located, however, this caused significant disruption to the store,” according to the news release.

Making a false bomb threat is a felony. If the district attorney decides to prosecute Collier on the charge and he is convicted, a judge could sentence him to a maximum 18 months in prison.

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