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Alyssa Groh, Editor
3:44 pm CST December 13, 2018

A Lake Bluff business received a bomb threat that aligns with a nationwide threat Thursday, Dec. 13, according to Lake Bluff Police Chief David Belmonte.

The Rockland Road business, which is not being identified at this time, reported the threat around 12:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. The threat came in via email and requested the business to “pay an amount of money to a Bitcoin account, or they were going to detonate a bomb at the business,” Belmonte said.

Authorities do not believe there is a threat to the community as the wording matches other emails sent out across the United States to businesses and other institutions.

“It appears these were random emails sent out,” Belmonte said. “There is no threat to the public. These threats are not credible.”

The business was not evacuated and local schools were not alerted of the threat.

The Lake Bluff Police Department is working with state and federal officials to help collect information.