False Claim Leads to Westchester Mall Evacuation

Sunday, Nov 21, 2010  |  Updated 1:33 PM EDT
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False Claim Leads to Westchester Mall Evacuation

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Police investigated a bomb threat in Thomaston on Tuesday.

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Police said a homeless man made a false claim about a suitcase that led to a Westchester County mall being evacuated for almost two hours.

Authorities said the man told police that a suitcase he left in the food court at The Galleria mall had been given to him by a Middle Eastern man and was ticking.

The story led to the mall's evacuation around 12:15 p.m. Saturday. The suitcase was examined and found to contain clothes, and the mall was reopened around 2 p.m.

The man faces a charge of falsely reporting an incident.

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