Youth arrested in bomb hoax

Bomb threat forced evacuation of Best and tied up local Mounties for four hours

A youth was arrested this week in connection with a bomb hoax at a Coquitlam high school last Thursday.

Tuesday morning, Coquitlam RCMP’s school liaison team arrested the young person for mischief for allegedly calling in a bomb threat to Dr. Charles Best secondary school Dec. 13. The suspect cannot be identified under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Coquitlam RCMP Cpl. Brenda Gresiuk also declined to reveal the youth’s age or if he or she attended Best. As of yesterday (Thursday), the suspect had not been charged.

Gresiuk credited the work of the school liaison officers, school staff and students in leading to the quick arrest.

The threat tied up Coquitlam RCMP for about four hours last Thursday, she said, meaning on-duty Mounties weren’t able to respond to low-priority calls. More than 1,200 students, teachers and staff were asked to leave the building while police and a bomb-sniffing dog scoured the school for clues.

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