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Numerous bitcoin bomb threats reported nationwide, including in Rochester area

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – Police are investigating after a bomb threat was made against an apartment building in Rochester.

RPD spokeswoman Jackie Shuman says the department received an email threat at 1:12 p.m. against 80 St. Paul Street — the H.H. Warner Lofts. However, officers say the threat doesn’t appear to be credible.

She says an investigation is underway.

The threats come as a number of bomb threats have been emailed out nationwide, according to multiple reports. In the Buffalo area, authorities tell WIVB threats were made at Ellicott Square Building, Catholic Health and 42 Delaware Avenue.

A threat was also made against Niagara University.

In a statement, the sheriff’s office says a number of threats have been received in Monroe County, similar to the nationwide emails:

Monroe County has received some threats that are similar in nature to the nationwide trend that began in August 2018.  The threats are sent via an anonymous email and all are worded in a similar fashion.   While each occurrence is being investigated individually, there is nothing to indicate that any of these threats is credible at this time. MCSO continues to share information with the FBI and the Monroe Crime Analysis Center.  Although the threats do not appear to be credible, MCSO always encourages the public to remain vigilant and call 911 immediately to report any suspicious communications and/or activity.  Local law enforcement will continue to investigate. 

The sheriff says there have been 13 reported threats in Monroe County at the following locations:

1.) St. Paul Street (Rochester Police)
2.) 2057 Hudson Ave (Irondequoit)
3.) 2300 Buffalo Road (Gates)
4.) 1 Manhattan Square (Rochester)
5.) 87 North Clinton Avenue (Rochester)
6.) 7 Van Auker Street (Rochester)
7.) 1 Mustard Street (Rochester)
8.) 200 Holleder Parkway (Rochester)
9.) 97 Canal Landing (Greece)
10.) 620 Jefferson Road (MCSO)
11.) 50 Methodist Hill (MCSO)
12.) 90 Airpark Drive (MCSO)
13.) 250 East River (Brighton Police)

In Ontario County, police say a bomb threat was called into Geneva General Hospital Thursday afternoon, Hospital officials tell News 8 that the threat didn’t impact patient care.

Geneva police say the threat is similar to nationwide reports that are meant to: “instill panic and fear into businesses/individuals in an attempt to extort currency in the form of bitcoin.”

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