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UConn Police: Bomb Threat Was A Conspiracy

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Gordon W. Tasker Admissions Building. Photo from UConn web site.

Gordon W. Tasker Admissions Building. Photo from UConn web site.

(CBS Connecticut) — University of Connecticut police say a “group” of people was behind a bomb threat which forced evacuation of an administration building  and cancelled morning classes at UConn last spring,  but they’re not releasing much additional information about the case.  A Wethersfield man is identified as one of the conspirators. Twenty-one-year-old  Matthew Tollis —  who is not a UConn student — faces three conspiracy charges in connection with the threat at the Tasker Building.

Police say social media accounts and internet telecommunications helped them identify a group of people who planned and made the threat.

The employee who took the call about 9:00 a.m. April 3 said a caller claimed to have put explosives in the building and that he wanted to “kill people.” The building was evacuated and searched,  and a campus alert was issued,   but no device was found.

Police say their investigation is continuing, and that they’ll have no additional comment at this time.

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