Police Say Motive Behind Bomb Threats Was To Hide Theft

, Posted: Fri, July 12 2013 at 11:08 AM, Updated: Fri, July 12 2013 at 11:28 AM

Police Say Motive Behind Bomb Threats Was To Hide Theft

After an investigation into the bomb threats at the South Medford Walmart on Tuesday, officials tell us that they now have a motive.

They say that Donnie Anderson used the fake bomb threat calls as a way to steal items from the store before and during the evacuations.

Medford Police also determined that Anderson was responsible for the two previous bomb threats to the store on May 11th, 2013 and June 18th, 2013. Police believe the motivation for those bomb threat calls were also to commit theft but that could not be proven.

Donnie (Donald) Anderson has made quite a record for himself in recent months. NBC 5 previously reported on Anderson when he was arrested for posing as a US Marshall to defraud a local hospital and receive free medical care.

Police say Anderson is a well-known scammer who has in the past perpetrated businesses through false injury claims and even posed as a state worker showing up to car accidents only to steal items from off-guard drivers.

Anderson was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on Thursday and faces these new charges:

  • Disorderly Conduct 1st Degree (2 counts)

  • Initiating a False Report (2 counts)

  • Improper use of 911

  • Warrant – Parole Violation

  • Theft 1st Degree (cited and released)

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