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Prank call results in criminal damage

Posted at 3:51 PM, Feb 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-04 13:25:47-05

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Pranksters convinced employees at a fast food restaurant to smash windows by pretending to be a fire-suppression company early Tuesday morning, according to Tucson Police.

The employees at a midtown Jack in the Box received a call around 1:25 a.m.on Tuesday saying that the gas levels were high and that the building needed to be evacuated, according to Tucson Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Dugan.

The prankster also convinced employees to smash every window of the building at 3121 Campbell to prevent it from exploding.

Police say the call was illegal because it resulted in criminal damage.

Tucson police are investigating the prank.

Dugan said other Jack in the Box's in the district received the same call, but the midtown location was the only one to follow through with the instructions to smash the windows.

A similar prank happened in California yesterday as well. A Morro Bay Burger King employee got a call about a fake gas leak, and the caller said they needed to smash the window before the store exploded.

The employee used a car to smash the windows open, causing about $35,000 in damage.