Prank calls cause damage to two Chandler businesses

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by Jayson Chesler

azfamily.com

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 2 at 6:03 PM

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Two separate businesses in Chandler suffered damages and fell victim to false reporting when employees listened to the instructions of prank callers, according to a press release.

The first incident happened at a Hampton Inn on South Spectrum Boulevard. An unidentified caller contacted one of the hotel's employees and somehow convinced the employee to activate the hotel's fire sprinklers.

After the sprinklers went off, the caller told the employee that it was a prank. The sprinklers damaged three different floors within the hotel.

The second incident was at a McDonald's restaurant on East Pecos Road, and once again involved an unidentified caller reaching an employee at the restaurant.

This time, the caller first convinced the employee to activate some fire suppression equipment the restaurant kept over the fryers.

After the equipment was activated, the prank caller told the employee that the fire suppression was toxic and that the store needed to be ventilated immediately. The suspect suggested that the employee break the store's glass pane doors, but the employee was unable to.

Much like in the first case, the caller told the employee that it was a prank after the employee performed the acts.

In a statement, the Chandler Police Department reminded the public to make sure their actions will not harm any individuals or destroy any property before performing an outrageous act from a stranger.

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