FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ (Sussex County) – A Sussex County woman is facing charges after she allegedly called in bomb threat to the McDonald’s on Monday in Franklin Borough, according to Chief Gregory Michael Cugliari.
Amanda Toth, 26, of Wantage was charged with causing false public alarm, identity theft and cyber harassment.
At around 9:33 a.m., police received a call from the franchise owner of the Franklin McDonald’s, located on State Highway 23, reporting that he had received a bomb threat via text message, specifically threatening the McDonald’s, Cugliari said.
Additionally, owners reported that an employee had received a similar message relating that people would be injured at the McDonald’s on Feb. 11, Cugliari said.
Officers responded and cleared the building. The Franklin Fire Department and Emergency Medical Technicians were placed on standby as a precaution. Both elementary schools in the Borough were notified and school administration took appropriate action, Cugliari said.
A New Jersey State Police explosive detection canine cleared the building following a search where no explosives were detected. The building was deemed safe, Cugliari said.
During the investigation, threats were made via text message to one of the employees of the Franklin McDonald’s at their Hamburg, NJ residence later in the afternoon, Cugliari said.
An explosive detection canine was again used to confirm that no explosives were in the Hamburg residence. The residence was searched and deemed safe, Cugliari said.
Following several leads throughout the day, detectives were led to Toth as being the suspect. She was found to have utilized an application disguising her cell phone contact information in an effort to impersonate another making the threats, Cugliari said.
Toth was lodged in the Sussex County Jail pending central judicial processing.