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Posted on Sat, Jan 21, 2012 : 4:22 p.m.

Bomb threat evacuates Starbucks, Noodles & Co. in Ann Arbor

By Cindy Heflin

Business is back to normal at the Starbucks coffee shop and Noodles & Co. restaurant at the Arborland shopping center in Ann Arbor following bomb threats Saturday.

Police went to the restaurants with a bomb-sniffing dog from the University of Michigan Department of Public Safety about 4:30 p.m., Ann Arbor police Sgt. Mike Lance said.

The restaurants were checked and no bomb was found. People were allowed back into the restaurants, but about 5:20 p.m., the Noodles & Co. restaurant received another bomb threat, Lance said. Police returned to the restaurant to check it out, but nothing was found.

Police were still on the scene about 6:30 p.m. but the businesses had resumed normal operations, said Ann Arbor Police Sgt. Craig Flocken. Police were still investigating and had some leads in the case, Flocken said.

The restaurants are located at 3601 Washtenaw Ave.

In Michigan, a person convicted of making a bomb threat can be punished by up to 4 years in prison and/or a $2,000.00 fine.



Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 10:15 p.m.

I see nothing in the story mentioning 4:20 a.m. 4:30 p.m. was mentioned. Good Job Ann Arbor Police!

dading dont delete me bro

Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 4:59 p.m.

UofM bomb sniffing dog? WCSD or MSP doesn't have such resources?


Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 5:18 p.m.

Sure they do, but those dogs aren't well educated


Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 8:05 a.m.

The update was either made on Saturday shortly after noon, before the bomb threats or on Sunday afternoon. Yet as I type this it is 3 o'clock in the morning on Sunday.

Albert Howard

Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 2:22 a.m.

spiritual warfare in ann arbor?


Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 12:40 a.m.

It looks like it says "4:20 p.m." to me.


Sat, Jan 21, 2012 : 11:35 p.m.

Some things never change. I worked for a supermarket 40 years ago (anyone remember Wrigleys) and we got bombs threat several times. Thankfully nothing became of them and hopefully nothing will come of the ones at Starbucks.

Homeland Conspiracy

Sat, Jan 21, 2012 : 10:43 p.m.

Starbucks coffee is the bomb!!!


Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 4:19 p.m.

Have you seen the prices of their coffee and their noodles? Not taking a bomb threat lightly, but after paying $10 bucks for a meal? I'd be a little miffed.


Sat, Jan 21, 2012 : 9:43 p.m.

I'd suggest investigators have a conversation with the guy in the corner who had 23 double espressos. But I don't think they will wait until 4:20 tomorrow morning to bring in the dog, Cindy.


Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 4:21 p.m.

And paid more then he should have for a noodle meal. After what our child paid when her class stopped in for a meal? Could have gone to the Michigan Union for something less pricey.

Mike H.

Sat, Jan 21, 2012 : 9:41 p.m.

Maybe I'm missing something here. The bomb threat was called in the afternoon, and the police were on the way at 4:20 a.m.? I know our fire department response time is pretty bad these days, now the police too?