Customers and employees of Olive Garden in Waterford were forced to evacuate Sunday evening after two bomb threats were called in to the restaurant.
Waterford Police responded to the business, at 850 Hartford Turnpike, just before 6 p.m. on May 11 — Mother's Day. They searched the property, with assistance from a Connecticut State Police explosives detection K9, and after no suspicious items were found the restaurant reopened at about 7 p.m.
Specific details regarding the content of the threats are not being released at this time, but police did say that individual who called in the two threats used a similar message in each.
Detectives are actively investigation the case. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Waterford Police Department at 860-442-9451.
The police response earned the praise of at least one Olive Garden employee, who wrote the following note on the department's Facebook page:
"Thank you to the Waterford Police Dept for your quick response and professionalism and easing what was a scary situation for all of us at the Olive Garden this evening."
"I'm sure I am speaking for all my fellow employees when I say "THANK YOU" for what you did today and do everyday to make this a safe community for us all."