Police search for bomb threat suspect in New Port Richey

New Port Richey Police Department

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Pasco County authorities are investigating a bomb threat at a local Publix.

The New Port Richey Police Department says an unidentified male called the Publix located at 5127 US 19 at 9:05 pm on June 29 and asked for the district manager. The unknown caller wanted to inform the manager of a bomb being placed in one of his 10 stores.

Employees contacted the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, which inspected all affected stores in their jurisdiction, but deputies were not able to locate any suspicious packages.

After an investigation, police released a photo of a man they believe could be connected to the threat. The individual pictured in the photo above reportedly entered a different Publix with a to make a return earlier in the day. The name and telephone number he provided during the transaction matched the one recorded during the bomb threat.

Now police are trying to identify the man in the photo. Anyone with information on his identity has been asked to contact Det. Ioppolo of the New Port Richey Police Department at (727)232-8905.

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspect involved in this case.  Anyone with any information regarding the identity of the suspect and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at crimestopperstb.com or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile application.  Crime Stoppers must be contacted first in order to be eligible for a cash reward.

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