On March 18, at approximately 10:20 a.m., Peoria Police responded to the Walmart located at 7975 W Peoria Avenue after an employee had reported they had located a suspicious device in one of the stock rooms. The employee said that the device possibly looked like a bomb with several wires coming from it and flashing lights.
Peoria dispatch told the store to begin evacuation while officers were enroute. Officers arrived on scene and evacuated all employees and customers from the store.
Once the device was seen by officers they requested the assistance of the Glendale Police Department’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team (Bomb Squad). Peoria Fire-Medical Department and Glendale Fire Department both responded and assisted with the incident.
The Glendale Police Department used a robot to observe the device. A bomb technician also checked the device. The technician was able to determine that the device was a hoax device which means it was made to appear like an explosive device but posed no real danger. The device was removed from the store.
The rest of the store was checked with the assistance of Glendale Police Department’s K9 unit and nothing was found. Peoria Police Detectives are actively investigating this incident and are currently reviewing surveillance video from the store.