POTSDAM – Village police today charged a Stockholm man with making bomb threats on Community Bank branches in Potsdam Aug. 11.
Scott A. Bickford, 33, was arraigned in village court before Judge Welch on a charge of falsely reporting an incident, second degree, a Class E felony, and was released to the supervision of probation officials.
Police say their six-week investigation included some telephone conversations with Bickford. During one of the most recent calls, police say, “we were able to get him to confess” and he agreed to come into the station for his arrest.
After the telephone threats, the two Community Bank branches in the village, at 70 Market St. and on May Road, were closed and searched with the help of a state police K9 unit and SUNY Potsdam Police. No bombs were found.
According to a report in WWNY-TV, Bickford phoned the bomb threats into the police station because he was afraid a family member would find out he had allegedly written unauthorized checks on a bank account.
Police say he was also arraigned on a count of third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle after he allegedly used a false name to test-drive a car from a local dealership on Sept. 15.
Police say Bickford’s address is listed as 680 Southville Rd. in Stockholm, but that he has been living in Potsdam.
Bickford is scheduled to be in village court on Oct. 6.