A jury found Chad Steven Pikula of New York Mills, Minn., guilty of calling in the Lund Boats bomb threat that prompted the evacuation of 400 employees in March.
Pikula, 37, was convicted last week on two counts of making terroristic threats. His sentence has not yet been determined, the Park Rapids Enterprise newspaper reported.
At 1:27 p.m. March 8, Pikula called Lund Boats and said, “There is a bomb in the factory” and hung up, according to the New York Mills Police Department.
According to court records, Pikula made the call from his cell phone while working at the company. Brunswick Corp., which owns and operates the factory, evacuated employees shortly after the call. The New York Mills Fire Department helped to close streets around the business. Bomb-sniffing dogs were called in, but their searches revealed nothing.
Normal factory operations resumed the next morning.
When Pikula was questioned, he initially denied the allegations or knowing anything about the bomb threat. He later changed his story and admitted to making the call from his cell phone while working in the factory. He said he knew it would cause an evacuation and said his actions were prompted by stress, according to the newspaper.