Armed bank robberies falsely reported in Knoxville, Myrtle Beach

Armed bank robberies falsely reported in Knoxville, Myrtle Beach

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Dozens of officers surrounded the building and moved in but no robbers were inside and no one was hurt. Dozens of officers surrounded the building and moved in but no robbers were inside and no one was hurt.
The report was a false call and not accidental, according to Knoxville Police Department public information officer Darrell DeBusk. The report was a false call and not accidental, according to Knoxville Police Department public information officer Darrell DeBusk.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A report of an armed robbery in progress Wednesday afternoon at a Knoxville bank turned out to be a hoax, police say.

About two hours later a similar false report was made in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The first call was made to a 911 operator at 1:05 p.m. The caller said four robbers with shotguns were at SunTrust Bank, 2075 N. Broadway. The caller claimed one person had been shot.

Dozens of officers surrounded the building and moved in, but no robbers were inside and no one was hurt.

The report was a false call and not accidental, according to Knoxville Police Department public information officer Darrell DeBusk. Investigators are working to figure out who placed the call.

DeBusk says those responsible will be prosecuted.

Shortly after 3 p.m., a similar hoax was pulled on police in Myrtle Beach, S.C., ABC affiliate NewsChannel 15 reports.

As with the Knoxville incident, a 911 caller said gunmen were in a SunTrust Bank and shots had been fired.

Police later determined there was no holdup there as well and no one was hurt or injured.

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