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Police respond to reported threat at Costco in West Fargo

WEST FARGO - Police were dispatched Thursday morning, June 16, to the Costco store, 750 23rd Ave. E., in response to a reported threat, a dispatcher at Red River Dispatch said.

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A threat at Costco Wholesale is resolved Thursday, June 16, 2016, in West Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

WEST FARGO – Police were dispatched Thursday morning, June 16, to the Costco store, 750 23rd Ave. E., in response to a reported threat, a dispatcher at Red River Dispatch said.

Angela Bauer, warehouse store manager, said the store received a threat about 10 a.m. She said no Costco employees were involved in the incident.

“There was a situation where we were concerned,” Bauer said about 11 a.m.

Bauer said she called the West Fargo Police Department, and customers and employees were evacuated as a precaution.

She did not say what the situation was. “All employees are back in the building and we are open.”

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There were two West Fargo police vehicles on the scene just before 11 a.m., though one left soon after, while the other remained parked on the north side of the store near the entrance.

Assistant Police Chief Jerry Boyer directed The Forum to this statement on Facebook:

“The West Fargo Police Department was called to the Costco store in West Fargo. A report of threats was made prompting the store to contact police. West Fargo officers established a perimeter and conducted a search of the store. The store is open and conducting normal business. The investigation into the threats is ongoing.”

Louie Jimenez of Fargo was one of the customers who had waited about 40 minutes until the incident was resolved. He then headed back into the store when it reopened.

“I wanted to go in and the police told me to wait,” Jimenez said.

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