A Woodstock man has been charged with calling in a bomb threat to a national real estate company that prompted the evacuation of over 1,000 employees, police said.
Patrick S. Bangeman, 75, of the 300 block of Railroad Street in Woodstock, was charged with transmitting a false bomb threat, a Class 3 felony.
Woodstock Police Chief John Lieb told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that an individual, later identified as Bangeman, called Move Inc., which operates the listing site Realtor.com.
Bangeman told the call taker on March 28 that a bomb was in their facility and would go off in the next 25 minutes, Lieb said.
The company has call centers across the United States. The man did not identify which facility the alleged bomb was at.
Lieb said the company took the threat seriously and evacuated nine offices in five different states.
The evacuation affected over 1,000 employees. The company notified the Woodstock Police Department after learning the call originated out of the Woodstock area.
Detectives began investigating and evidence led them to Bangeman, Lieb said. A warrant was obtained on Tuesday and executed on Wednesday.
Officers took Bangeman into custody and transported him to the McHenry County Jail.
A judge initially ordered Bangeman held on a $50,000 bond but his public defender filed a motion requesting a lower bond, court records show.
Bangeman was released from jail on Friday after McHenry County Judge Tiffany Davis allowed him to be released on a personal recognizance bond.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 10.