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Sheriffs block the entrance to Cranbrook Law Courts on 11th Avenue South after a bomb threat Thursday morning. - Sally MacDonald photo
Sheriffs block the entrance to Cranbrook Law Courts on 11th Avenue South after a bomb threat Thursday morning.
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Police would like to speak to a "helpful female" who lent her phone to the man who called in a bomb threat to Cranbrook's courthouse on Thursday, Dec. 19.

"During the investigation, police learned the subject borrowed a phone from a helpful female in order to make the phone call citing a bomb was in the courthouse. Police would like to speak to her," said Cpl Newel.

"He allegedly asked to borrow her phone as his was out of minutes. This occurred in front of the CIBC bank on Baker Street between 8:30 a.m. And 8:45 p.m., Dec 19. If you are that person, please contact the General Investigation Section at Cranbrook RCMP Detachment, 250 489-3471.

Meanwhile, the 35-year-old man charged with public mischief over the bomb hoax has appeared in Cranbrook Provincial Court. He was remanded in custody, next to appear in January.

Parts of Cranbrook's downtown were closed off on Thursday morning after a bomb threat the courthouse.

A court clerk received a voicemail message soon after 9 a.m. Thursday saying there was a bomb in the courthouse. Sheriffs evacuated the courthouse, while RCMP swept the building, finding no bomb.

Police quickly identified a male subject and arrested him. The subject told police the call was a hoax.

Streets were reopened and court was back in session about 10:30 a.m. Thursday. In court that day was the continuation of a trial for criminal negligence causing death, and family court.

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