'Bored' 14-year-old makes fake armed burglary 911 call, deputies say

BLOOMINGTON, Wis. - (WISC) A call about an armed burglary Friday afternoon in Grant County turned out to be a fake call from a bored 14-year-old, sheriff’s officials said.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call around 1:45 p.m. from a phone number in the Bloomington area reporting there were two men in a house on 5th Street with guns wearing black masks, according to a release.

The phone call dropped out and the Grant County Communications Center was not able to reconnect with the caller, officials said.

As a result of the call, multiple law enforcement agencies responded, set up a perimeter and started contacting neighbors, according to the release.

After checking with the tenant at the home in question, officials were told no one was at the residence and everyone was out of town. After clearing the residence, deputies determined the call was a hoax.

During the investigation, it was determined that the caller’s phone number came from another residence across town, according to the release. two deputies spoke to a 14-year-old boy who admitted that he placed the call and that he was bored.

Deputies said there was a police scanner in the residence, which indicated that the boy was probably listening to the response to the scene. 

Charges will be referred against the 14-year-old, according to the release.

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