State police name bomb threat suspect

32-year-old Burton man also charged with bank robbery

GENESEE COUNTY — Today the Michigan State Police announced a 32-year old Burton man is being held in custody in connection with the Nov. 4 bomb threat against Genesee County schools.

Adam White could face up to 20 years in jail on a one count felony for making a terrorist threat. The Michigan State Police claim White made two bomb threat phone calls prior to allegedly robbing the Court Street Bank of America on the same day.

He’s currently being held on a $50,000 bond at the the Genesee County Jail for the Nov. 4 robbery and detectives are preparing a warrant for the faux bomb threats.

State Police said the bomb threat, made anonymously from a Birch Run gas station pay phone to the Saginaw County and Flint City 911 call centers, was intentionally vague, serving to “create a distraction” for police, allowing White to rob the Bank of America.

The two telephone calls, made just before noon, informed dispatchers that five explosive devices had been planted in schools around Genesee County.

Allegedly, White refused to name which schools in Genesee County he selected over the telephone. As a result, virtually all districts in Genesee County went into lockdown mode or invoked an early dismissal time, many principals and superintendents receiving the news via e-mail.

Most schools had taken action by 1 p.m. that day. Detectives surmise White then traveled to the Court Street Bank of America where he arrived around 3 p.m. with a pillowcase and a note indicating he had a gun.

A teller handed him an unnamed amount of cash that he disappeared with. The bank closed temporarily while a K-9 unit tried to track him unsuccessfully. Photographs taken by surveillance camera and an audio recording of the bomb threats were released to the public and generated an onslaught of tips called in to the Burton Police Department.

Marshall Police first arrested White on Nov. 18 on the bank robbery charge and an investigation was launched soon after to identify White as the anonymous caller and connect the two incidents.

In a press release, the Michigan State Police thanked the Marshall and Burton Police Departments for their help in the case as well as all of the citizens who help the investigation by calling in with tip information. If anyone else has additional information on the case, they’re asked to call the Michigan State Police Flint Post at 810-732-1111.

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