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Jun 21, 2016 9:46 AM

Prank calls send Tilton, Northfield police scrambling to reports of hostages, robbery

TILTON — Police are investigating whether a juvenile was behind prank calls reporting a robbery and hostage situation that brought out multiple police officers Monday afternoon.

Tilton Police Chief Bob Cormier told The Union-Leader police were called to Burger King at 2:11 p.m. to investigate a 911 call falsely claiming the restaurant was being robbed. A short time later, another emergency caller falsely claimed there were hostages that would be killed at Lochmere Golf & Country Club.

Northfield police Sgt. Michael Hutchinson told the newspaper his department also received a prank call at 2:10 p.m saying officers were needed at the Spaulding Youth Center.

Cormier said it appears the calls were made by a boy who sounded to be about 10 or 11 years old.

Hutchinson said his department is investigating the possibility that a juvenile from Spaulding Youth Center made the Northfield call, but he couldn’t confirm whether the same youth was responsible for the two calls in Tilton.

Cormier said police believed the calls were a hoax because in a real emergency police often receive multiple calls. However, he said officers still had to respond to determine there was no threat.

Hutchinson said Northfield police also believed their call was a hoax, but still followed up.

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