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Threat to blow up Walmart over 20 cents

Glen Burnie suspect claims she was overcharged
Posted at 11:15 AM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 18:13:33-05

GLEN BURNIE, Md. — The call to customer service on Tuesday night called out an employee by name and included a threat to blow up the Walmart store on Chesapeake Center Drive in Glen Burnie.

"We evacuated that Walmart, and bomb dogs did a thorough search,” said Sgt. Jacklyn Davis of the Anne Arundel County Police Department, “They didn't find anything, and several hours later, the Walmart was reopened."

But not before police had evacuated 200 workers and customers from the store.

Less than 72 hours later, police arrested 30-year-old Chelsea Leigh Felesky on charges of a threat of mass violence, arson threats and telephone misuse.

"She did give a statement to officers and said she was shorted or thought that she was shorted 20 cents in her transaction so she was angry about that and called in a bomb threat to the Walmart over 20 cents," said Davis.

Now, the dispute over relative pocket change finds Felesky facing a felony charge that carries up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000, not to mention restitution for the costs associated with the threat.

"We had over a dozen officers there, plus our canines so if you take in hourly rates, plus training, plus gas to get there, plus the others calls that are holding... fire department came out, their gas in their engines, their hourly rates... the money Walmart lost for having their business closed for that amount of time, you're talking a lot of money and a lot more than 20 cents," said Davis.

A search of Felesky's home turned up no explosives or bomb-making materials.