Charges filed in post office threats

A woman has been charged for mailing bomb threats to seven post offices in the Twin Cities.

Anoka Police Department squad cars block the entrance and exit to the Anoka Post Office on Seventh Avenue. Photo by Mandy Moran Froemming

Anoka Police Department squad cars block the entrance and exit to the Anoka Post Office on Seventh Avenue. Photo by Mandy Moran Froemming

Christina Anne Reineke, 43, was arraigned in U.S. District Court Monday, charged with mailing threatening communications.

Reineke was arrested Friday, Oct. 4, according to U.S. Postal Inspector Jeff Long. Earlier that morning bomb threats were received in the mail at post offices in Anoka, Elk River, Blaine, Coon Rapids, Wayzata, Robbinsdale and Brooklyn Center.

The Anoka Post Office closed for about two hours Friday while authorities investigated a bomb threat. The building was evacuated and searched by a K-9 trained to track explosives. Once police were confident there was no bomb in the building, it was reopened before noon. During the closure the entrances to the post office’s parking lot were blocked by squad cars, but both lanes of Seventh Avenue remained open and nearby houses were not affected.

Long said Reineke was arrested at a community correction facility in the Twin Cities where she was undergoing supervised release.

At no time were the threats believed to be credible, Long said.

According to the Faribault Daily News, Reineike had been released to a “halfway house” facility earlier this year for supervised release after serving prison time for sending threats to a number of post offices in southern Minnesota in 2009.

She pleaded guilty to one count of sending a threatening communication and was sentenced to 54 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

Mandy Moran Froemming is at editor.anokaunion@ecm-inc.com

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