LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. — A Gastonia man has been charged and arrested after officials responded to a false bomb threat against the business where he worked.
Travis Sentell Chambers, 31, was charged with one felony count of reporting a false bomb threat to the Lincoln County Communications Center for the Crate and Barrel in Lincoln County Industrial Park.
The call came in around 9:15 a.m. on March 14, and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and North 321 Fire Department responded immediately. When they arrived, they say the business was already being evacuated.
Officers divided into teams and searched the building. Officials say they did not locate anything out of the ordinary.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives contacted AT&T, the owner of the tower where the call was transmitted. AT&T gave an identifying number for the phone that made the call, and they were able to determine the phone had been using T-Mobile.
T-Mobile provided officers with the last paying customer to use the device -- Travis Chambers.
Detectives confirmed with Crate and Barrel that Chambers was an employee there. The number T-Mobile provided was the same as the one in his employee file.
Chambers was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $2,000 secured bond.
Detectives are now investigating two previous bomb threat calls made to Crate and Barrel in September 2018 and January 2019.