A 27-year-old homeless man was arrested in connection with at least 400 bomb threats made to businesses and agencies in Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties since May 21, authorities said Thursday.
Cody Matthew Startt was arrested Wednesday in Matoaka, W.Va., by Hickory police, FBI agents and the West Virginia State Police. He was charged with felony probation violations related to prior convictions for making bomb threats, police said.
Startt was jailed without bail and awaits extradition to Catawba County.
All of the bomb threats turned out to be hoaxes, police said.
Police said charges against Startt are forthcoming in the 400 bomb threats, which occurred in Hickory, Newton, Conover, Morganton, Lenoir, Granite Falls and other areas of Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties.
Police are working with the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service , State Bureau of Investigation and the District Attorney’s office for the countiesto determine the charges against Startt in connection with the 400 bomb threats.
Authorities said they are also still determining whether Startt will be prosecuted in state or federal court.
Police encourage anyone with information about the incidents to call their local law enforcement agency.
Public records show no permanent address for Startt. He has lived at the Yokefellow homeless shelter in Lenoir and Salvation Army shelter in Hickory, records show.
Staff Researcher Maria David contributed.