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Suspect arrested after bomb threat at elementary school; Deputies say 'caller ID is a wonderful thing'

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HAYDEN, Idaho -

A man is in custody after calling in a false bomb threat to a north Idaho school earlier this afternoon.

The call came in just after 1 p.m. to Atlas Elementary School in Hayden. A spokesperson with the Coeur d' Alene School District says the caller told front office staff a bomb had been placed on school grounds. Within an hour, all 600 students and staff were evacuated to the Panhandle Health District offices just across the street while Kootenai County Sheriff's deputies searched the school.

No device was found, but deputies were able to take a number from the school's caller ID and found who the number belonged to through the phone company.

"Thank goodness for Caller ID," says Lt. Stu Miller with the Kootneai County Sheriff's Office.

Miller says the phone belonged to Coeur d'Alene resident Jacob R. Moore,25, who the Kootenai County Violent Crimes Task Force was in the process of serving a warrant.

"We've been watching him for quite some time," says Miller.

Miller wouldn't go into detail why law enforcement was monitoring Moore, only that they were hoping to charge him with a warrant for previous crimes. After the false bomb report was made, the Sheriff's office was able to obtain an expedited warrant and arrested Moore without incident.

Moore is facing felony charges of reporting a false bomb threat to a school, obstructing an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies say they think Moore called in the bomb threat to lure law enforcement from his home, that way he could leave his house without being served a warrant.

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