Hickory police arrest man in connection to hundreds of bomb threats

- A 27-year-old has been accused of making over 400 bomb threats in Burke, Catawba and Caldwell Counties.

Since May 21, businesses and agencies in the three counties have received more than 400 bomb threats that were all determined to be hoaxes, according to Hickory Police.

On Wednesday, July 6, Cody Matthew Startt, 27, was arrested in Matoaka, West Virginia by Hickory PD, FBI and West Virginia State Police. 

Startt was indicted on Monday, Aug. 1 in Burke County on three counts of terrorism and three counts of making a false report concerning destructive device other than public building, according to officials.

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Startt was charged with felony probation violations related to prior convictions for making bomb threats. He is being held with no bond and is awaiting extradition to Catawba Co.

Police say charges will be ongoing in reference to the most recent bomb threats which occurred in the cities of Hickory, Newton, Conover, Morganton, Lenoir, Granite Falls and other locations throughout Catawba, Burk and Caldwell.

Officials are working to determine exact charges Startt may face and whether he will be prosecuted in state or federal court.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency.   

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