Cops probe link between Pa. heist, school threats

BENTLEYVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Police and the FBI are investigating whether two high school bomb threats were phoned in to divert authorities from a southwestern Pennsylvania bank robbery that occurred about the same time.

The FBI is reviewing phone records from the Bentworth and California Area school districts which received the threats from a raspy voiced woman on Wednesday morning. Both high schools were evacuated as a precaution, though authorities didn’t believe either threat was credible.

What made authorities suspicious is that the PNC Bank branch in Bentleyville was robbed shortly after the Bentworth bomb threat came in about 9:30 a.m. and was followed by the California threat shortly before 10 a.m.

Southwest Regional police Chief John Hartman says the timing of the calls makes them suspicious, though officials have yet to formally link them to the bank robbery.

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