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Student, 17, Arrested For Making False Bomb Threats At Temple City Schools

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A bomb-sniffing dog was used to determine Temple City High School was safe. (credit: Los Angeles Sheriff's Dept.)

A bomb-sniffing dog was used to determine Temple City High School was safe. (credit: Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept.)

TEMPLE CITY (CBSLA.com) — Authorities have arrested a 17-year-old Temple City High School student for making false bomb threats.

The latest threat came Friday morning forcing cancellation of classes at the high school.

Officials said the junior made three threats over the past four days, each time targeting schools in the Temple City area.

The Temple Sheriff’s Station on Tuesday received a call at 10:40 p.m. about a bomb being placed at Temple City High. The caller, in a disguised voice, said the bomb or bombs were set to detonate between 9 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. the following day.

Deputies from Temple City and Los Angeles County conducted a thorough search and found nothing.

On Wednesday, authorities said the same caller phoned CHP around 7:50 a.m. and said he placed two bombs inside Longden Elementary School.

Students were evacuated and a search was conducted in and near school grounds. No explosive devices were found. School was canceled for the remainder of the day and students were released to their parents.

Authorities said this morning, around 6:40, the caller told Temple Sheriff’s Station deputies that explosives were placed inside the high school.

Again, classes were cancelled while a search was conducted. In this search, officials used bomb-sniffing dogs and a sheriff’s helicopter.

Authorities said “advanced technology and investigative techniques” led to a suspect.

At 5:15 p.m. Friday, a search warrant was served on the suspect at his home in North San Gabriel. His parent’s were present.

Officials said the suspect implicated himself in the Friday false report.

No weapons or explosives were found inside the suspect’s home.

A motive for the bomb threats is not known, according to authorities.

Officials said these threats are taken very seriously. “They also draw a significant amount of policing resources away from other legitimate purposes,” LASD wrote in a statement.

Anyone with information regarding the threats is asked to contact the Temple Sheriff’s Station at 626-285-7171.

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