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Bomb Threat and Fire Investigated in Mena on Saturday

(MENA)  A fire damaged portions of the Polk County Development Center’s Just For Kids Resale Center on Saturday morning.

The fire could have been much worse, if not for police crews already in the neighborhood for a bomb threat at the United States Post Office.

Around 3:40 am, the Mena Police Department received a bomb threat to the Mena Post Office at 400 South Morrow Street. After responding to the call, an officer noticed the PCDC resale store “Just For Kids” at 811 Eagle Gap was on fire and the front glass door had been shattered. The Mena Fire Department responded. It was discovered that the bomb threat and fire were related.

The investigation led to the arrest of a 25 year old male, Jacob Green of Texas. According to Mena Police officials, Green has no ties to the area.

Green, was arrested for arson, threat of a fire or bombing and commercial burglary after officers responded to a bomb threat and structure fire.

The Mena Fire Department, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the Fort Smith Fire Department Bomb Squad, the US Postal Service and the ATF are assisting the Mena Police Department with this ongoing investigation.

No bomb was found at the post office either. No report of how much damage was done at the resale center.

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