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James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Roseville police arrested two juveniles on Wednesday for making bomb threats on consecutive days in April, both affecting Roseville Middle School, the department announced.

The girls, both 14, are in police custody and face charges of making terroristic threats. That case will be handled in the juvenile justice system, so police say neither the youngsters’ names nor mugshots will be released. One is from Roseville, the other is from Oak Park.

On April 19 and 20, Roseville Middle School received calls claiming a bomb was in the school building. Both times, authorities evacuated the school and conducted searches. Both times, those searches came up empty.

At the time, Roseville schools superintendent John Kment told The News that if the alleged perpetrators could be found, they would be prosecuted.

On Wednesday, Kment told The News he would be recommending to Roseville’s Board of Education that the girl who attends Roseville Middle School be expelled. She came to Roseville schools in February from an Oakland County school district, Kment said.

The phone calls came from burner phones with different phone numbers, said Roseville Police Chief James Berlin. The Roseville resident was arrested at school, Berlin said; the Oak Park resident was arrested in Oak Park.

After a seven-week investigation by Roseville Police Department’s Special Investigations Division, the phone numbers the calls came from were traced, and ultimately the owners’ identity were discovered, with the help of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Subpoenas were served to the phone companies, which took time.

“This was a lot of legwork,” Berlin said.

The feds got involved in the investigation immediately, and provided guidance on how the department should proceed.

“We don’t investigate a lot of bomb threats,” Berlin said.

About 800 students attend Roseville Middle School, Kment said.

jdickson@detroitnews.com