PENDLETON - The city's Taco Bell has received five bomb threats since March, causing a disturbance for the business and the police.

"It's getting ridiculous and its just a big nuisance," said Cory Branstetter, general manager at Taco Bell. "I would like them to stop."

Taco Bell received one call in March, three in June and one Thursday night. Branstetter said, according to company policy, they keep people's safety first and evacuate the building, customers included.

But while the building is evacuated and being searched by police, Taco Bell loses business.

"They've been pretty good about calling in, but they're frustrated as well because obviously it's a loss of business for them," said Pendleton Police Lt. Mark Swanson.

Each time there is a threat, Swanson said officers must search the building with an employee, as employees know what may or may not be out of place.

"It's an inconvenience for everyone because it ties up resources," Swanson said.

After investigating the initial event, Swanson said the case goes cold. It is still under investigation, but he said there's little police can do without additional information from people who may know about the incidences.

The calls all have come in late in the day, though at many different times.

The first call came at 10:25 p.m. on March 11.

Then in June there were several calls in a row. One at 8:06 p.m. on June 2, one at 6:04 p.m. on June 4 and one at 1:38 p.m. on June 6.

An hour after the call on June 4, Jack in the Box also received a bomb threat, Swanson said.

The last call came Thursday night at 10:28 p.m.

Swanson said the caller is a male voice and calls seem to be coming from the same person because he refers to previous calls by saying "this time it's for real."

If the threats were made toward a home, Swanson said police could put a trace on calls received there through the phone company. But because Taco Bell is a business, it receives too many calls to be accurately tracked.

For now, Swanson said the investigation is suspended until police receive any further leads.

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