Woman charged in postal threats

by Mandy Moran Froemming

ECM Publishers

A woman has been charged for allegedly mailing bomb threats to seven post offices in the Twin Cities, including Elk River.

Christina Anne Reineke, 43, was arraigned in U.S. District Court Monday, charged with mailing threatening communications.

Reineke was arrested Friday, Oct. 4, according to U.S. Postal Inspector Jeff Long. Earlier that morning bomb threats were received in the mail at post offices in Anoka, Elk River, Blaine, Coon Rapids, Wayzata, Robbinsdale and Brooklyn Center.

In Elk River, Capt. Bob Kluntz said police responded to the post office and the two postal facilities in Elk River were searched by an explosive detection canine from the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office. The facilities are at 560 Third St. and at 19120 Freeport Ave.

Long said Reineke was arrested at a community correction facility in the Twin Cities where she was undergoing supervised release.

At no time were the threats believed to be credible, Long said.

According to the Faribault Daily News, Reineike had been released to a “halfway house” facility earlier this year for supervised release after serving prison time for sending threats to a number of post offices in southern Minnesota in 2009.