Walmart bomb scare leads to arrest

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

CAVE CREEK, Ariz. -- Maricopa County sheriff's deputies have made an arrest in a bomb scare that sparked the evacuation of a Cave Creek Walmart store on Thanksgiving Day.

According to MCSO, Joseph Granillo, 39, was taken into custody early Saturday morning.

Deputies were called out to the Walmart at 34399 N. Cave Creek Road at about 4:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day after the store manager discovered what appeared to be an explosive device in the employee break room.

The manager immediately evacuated 20 employees and 20 customers. The MCSO bomb squad responded to the scene safely removed the device. The store re-opened a few hours later.

The device turned out not to be an explosive.

“I take all these incidents very serious and that is why I have again this year activated my Mall Posse to keep shoppers safe this holiday season," Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said in a news release.

Granillo, who was an employee at the store, is facing two felony charges -- one count of knowingly giving false impression and one of misconduct of a simulated explosive.

Granillo is being held at Maricopa County Jail on $27,000 bond.