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HD: Pasco restaurants get bomb threats

(ran PS edition)

Perkins Restaurant and Bakery in Hudson received a bomb threat late Sunday night, hours after a threat to another Pasco restaurant was revealed to be bogus.

A Bob Evans Restaurant in Port Richey was the victim of a bogus bomb threat Sunday afternoon. The restaurant turned over an undisclosed amount of money on the instructions of the man who called in the threat, which was revealed as a fake hours later. The cash was not recovered.

The Hudson restaurant, at 11929 U.S. 19, received its bomb threat call about 9 p.m., according to sheriff's spokesman Jon Powers. He described the circumstances as similar to the earlier threat.

In the afternoon threat, the man on the phone told an employee at Bob Evans, at 9115 U.S. 19, that a briefcase under the counter contained a bomb.

"If you do as we say, we won't detonate it."

After five tense hours in which the store's employees watched from a safe distance, the Hillsborough County Bomb Squad revealed the "bomb" to be a concrete brick.

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