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Nov 1, 2010 4:02 PM by Carina Corral

Bomb scare prompts the evacuation of a non-profit organization

A bomb threat was made against the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, or SLOCAP.

It was received Monday morning at the organization's San Luis Obispo location in the one-thousand block of Southwood Drive.

"A message was left indicating we needed to evacuate due to a bomb threat ... it was a very frightening message," said SLOCAP's CEO Biz Steinberg.

She said the chilling voicemail was left with the organization's messaging service over the weekend.

Once Steinberg heard the message, she acted immediately and got everyone out of the building.

"Initially I think there was about 40-50 people here. It was relatively early. There's actually more people here now that they are arriving to work," said SGT. Jeff Booth, one of the officers with the San Luis Obispo Police Department who responded to the call.

After police scoured the building and found nothing suspicious, employees were given the all clear to return to work, but the question remains: why threaten a non-profit organization?

" That is a mystery.. this is a federal crime to threaten something like this, so we will want the person or persons who are behind this to be taken to task. It's not right," said Steinberg.

As the employees go back to their work helping low income people of San Luis Obispo County, they will do it with a watchful eye, looking for anything or anyone suspicious.

Meanwhile, police are investigating the threatening voicemail to try to figure out who left it.

SLOCAP is part of a national organization that serves thousands of residents through a variety of community based programs.


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