Former Walmart employee arrested for role in bomb threat

  • James M. Saucier Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, January 04, 2018 8:31AM

A former Walmart employee has been arrested by Rindge police for falsely reporting a bomb threat to store management on his last day of work. 

James M. Saucier, 20, of Rindge, was arrested on Wednesday afternoon and charged with one count of disorderly conduct, a class A misdemeanor, according to a Rindge Police Department press release. Police were first notified of the bomb threat by an assistant manager around 7:17 p.m. on Dec. 26. 

“Saucier reported that he had received a notification that there was a bomb in the men’s bathroom… he made it up,” said Rindge Detective Rachel Malynowski, in an interview Wednesday afternoon. 

Malynowski said Saucier had already put in his notice and was working his last scheduled shift at Walmart when he told his assistant manager about the bomb threat. 

“As far as I can tell it was a legitimate hoax,” said Malynowski, who said Saucier had been a person of interest since the beginning of the investigation. 

It took police and fire officials approximately an hour and ten minutes to investigate the bomb threat from the time they were called to the scene.

People inside Walmart were evacuated during that time, with normal business operations resuming after no evidence of a bomb was found. Police deemed there was no threat to the public after reviewing surveillance footage. 

Saucier later confessed to police that he made up the bomb threat, according to Malynowski. 

He is scheduled to be arraigned on on Feb. 27 at the 8th Circuit Court in Jaffrey.

Saucier is also facing charges in Connecticut after allegedly sexually assaulting someone under the age of 15 in October 2016.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor and is scheduled for another pretrial court date at the Connecticut Superior Court, Middlesex Judicial District on Jan. 25. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.