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Tompkins County Sheriff's Office
Public Safety Building
779 Warren Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

Kenneth W. Lansing, Sheriff 
Business Office: (607) 257-1345

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False Report Arrest

On January 23rd, 2018 at 6:30 PM, Tompkins County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Target, 40 Catherwood Road in the Village of Lansing for a bomb threat.  Deputies interviewed employees upon arrival.  The employees alleged observing a male enter their store and announce in the direction of employees and other shoppers, that there was a bomb in Target.  The male allegedly then walked away into the store. 

Deputies were able to identify the male who allegedly made the announcement and at the completion of their investigation arrested William S. Bleck, age 52 of Dryden, N.Y.  Bleck was charged with one count of Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree (Class A Misdemeanor).  Bleck was released on appearance ticket ordering him to return to the Town of Lansing Court at a later date.

Deputies did review video footage and determined that there was indeed no bomb left in target.