BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Nearly three months after a bomb threat and a robbery led to the evacuation of a Botetourt County Kroger, authorities announced that a man has been charged in connection with the incident.
According to the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 call came in at 7:22 p.m. on May 23 from an employee at a Kroger on Kingston Drive in Daleville about a robbery.
Officials say a man approached a Kroger cashier, put a bag on the counter, claimed there was a bomb inside the bag and a detonator in his pocket, demanded money from the clerk, and then left the store with some cash.
Deputies tell WFXR News they arrived at the scene within minutes of the call and were told that the suspect was last seen leaving the parking lot in a gray sedan without a front license plate.
As a precaution, the store was reportedly evacuated until Virginia State Police’s explosives unit could search the bag.
More than two months later, on Aug. 2, authorities say a grand jury indicted 46-year-old Michael Thor Dricker of Roanoke, was indicted by a grand jury for threats to bomb, robbery, and use of a hoax explosive device.
Then, on Aug. 5, officials tell WFXR News that Dricker was arrested and charged in connection with the robbery.
According to a statement released by the sheriff’s office on Thursday, Aug. 18, Dricker is being held without bond at the Botetourt-Craig Regional Jail.