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11/11/10: Threats Update: FBI On Campus

November 11, 2010


MACOMB, IL -- Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) continue to work with police officials on the Western Illinois University-Macomb campus today (Nov. 11) to conduct interviews, follow leads and tips and issue additional search warrants in connection with the rash of bomb threats occurring during the past two weeks on the WIU-Macomb campus.

According to WIU Office of Public Safety Director Bob Fitzgerald, the FBI has provided additional resources to assist in the investigation. In addition to the FBI being on campus, Illinois State Police investigators are also working with the Office of Public Safety on investigating the threats and subsequent leads.

Individuals with information about the threats should contact the WIU Office of Public Safety at (309) 298-1949. Individuals with information leading to an arrest may be eligible to receive Western's Stop the Threat reward of up to $2,500 through the WIU Foundation. Individuals interested in contributing to the Stop the Threat Fund, may send donations, payable to the WIU Foundation Stop the Threat Fund, 303 Sherman Hall, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455-1390.

Information regarding these crimes may also be reported to Crime Stoppers, (309) 836-3222 or 1-800-222-TIPS. Callers can also leave an online tip at www.macombareacrimestoppers.com. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

For a list of frequently asked questions and a press conference in regards to the threats, visit wiu.edu/news/newsrelease.php?release_id=8543.

Posted By: Darcie Shinberger, University Relations
Phone: (309) 298-1993 * Fax: (309) 298-1606