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Man faces 500+ charges for fake bomb threats in NC

Posted December 22, 2016

Cody Matthew Startt

— A man linked to more than 400 bomb threats made to businesses in Burke, Catawba and Caldwell counties faces was charged this week after spending almost six months in jail.

At the time of his arrest in West Virginia, Cody Matthew Startt, 27, was on probation after prior convictions for making similar threats, and he was held on a probation violation pending 506 new charges – half for felony bomb reports and half for felony terrorism.

Police said businesses in Hickory, Newton, Conover, Morganton, Lenoir and Granite Falls as well as locations throughout Catawba, Burke and Caldwell counties reported bomb threats over about a month and a half earlier this year. All were determined to be hoaxes.

Startt was being held with no bond and is awaiting extradition to Catawba County.


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  • Linda Tally Dec 23, 2016
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    This individual is missing something major in his development.

  • Janet Ghumri Dec 22, 2016
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    There's something really wrong for someone to dedicate so much time and effort into such a large number of fake bomb threats. He needs to be held responsible, but I think he needs serious evaluation/ intervention for his mental issues. I hope he is able to get treatment while incarcerated.