NEWPORT— A Dunkin’ Donuts on Ox Bow Road was evacuated early Thursday morning after an anonymous caller made numerous bomb threats to store employees, according to police.

The coffee shop received three phone calls just before 1 a.m. Thursday, according to Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster, of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department. In the first one, the caller claimed there was a bomb in the shop’s bathroom.

“A second time they called and gave a time parameter for when it would go off, and then there was a third call saying, ‘You only have a few minutes left,’” Lancaster said.

The store was evacuated and searched by a Maine State Police bomb-sniffing dog, but nothing was found. The bomb scare calls weren’t the only unfounded calls made Wednesday night, according to Lancaster.

Officers from the sheriff’s department, Newport police and Maine State Police remained at Dunkin’ Donuts for about an hour. They were assisted by the Newport Fire Department.

The case is under investigation and is being handled by the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department.

Police asked that anyone with any information about the bomb threats contact the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department’s Detective Division at 474-9591 or the tipline at 474-0230, or email the Sheriff’s Department at sherifftips@somersetcounty-me.org.

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368 | rohm@centralmaine.com