Pitt offers $10,000 reward for bomb threat information

By Mallory Grossman

In their quest to find the person responsible for the string of bomb threats at the Cathedral of… In their quest to find the person responsible for the string of bomb threats at the Cathedral of Learning, Pitt is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who has information about the perpetrator.

The University posted a notice on the my.pitt homepage Friday notifying students of the reward that officials hope will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the threats.

The notice also states that Pitt reserves the right to allocate the money among multiple sources of information. It calls for any witness that was in the area on the dates and times of the threats and who may have observed the threats being made or has information about who made the threats to contact Pitt police.

The Cathedral of Learning received its fifth bomb threat Friday morning. This marks the seventh bomb threat Pitt has received this semester. The other two were received at Chevron Science Center.

Pitt spokesman Robert Hill previously said that Pitt police believe the two threats at Chevron are connected, and the four before the most recent at the Cathedral are related.

Hill also previously said that police had identified a “person of interest” after the first three bomb threats at the Cathedral.

On Friday afternoon, Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kathy Humphrey sent out an email to Pitt students telling them that the University is working to identify the actor responsible for the threats, and police have not found any bomb devices.

In addition to the monetary reward, Humphrey also outlined other measures that Pitt is taking to find the actor.

These measures include increased security guard coverage, reviewing videos of entrances to various locations, reviewing fingerprint evidence and working with the FBI to utilize their resources and manpower.

The email also said that Pitt hired a handwriting expert to evaluate the messages written by the actor, all of which were found on bathroom stalls.