Ex-employee charged in bomb threat at American Auction Network


The Tampa Tribune reports employees at the American Auction Network TV studio in St. Petersburg, FL were evacuated early 1/20 after someone called in a bomb threat, and investigators quickly figured out it was a former employee who made the threat, St. Petersburg police say.

The former employee, Jeoffrey Bristow, 48, of St. Pete, was arrested and charged with threatening to discharge a destructive device. He is being held at the Pinellas County Jail on $10,000 bond.

At about 3:15 a.m., Bristow made an anonymous call to say there was a bomb inside the studio, which is at 289 34th St. N., Johnny Harris, a St. Petersburg police spokesman, told the paper.

All employees were evacuated, and police traced the call to its origin, Harris said. It turned out to be the phone number belonging to Bristow, Harris said. Bristow, a former studio employee who had recently been let go, admitted to making the call.