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SWAT-ing case hits Arizona

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

It's called SWAT-ing, and it's a dangerous hoax in which someone tries getting a SWAT team to storm an innocent person's home.

It's happened twice this past week, including once in Tucson.

"If you go on the Internet, you'll see where there are some cities where people have called in false complaints," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson.

Thompson said this hoax takes crucial police off the streets and wastes resources.

"Think how you would feel if someone in your family (needed help) and the first responders were busy on a bogus call," he said.

Jess Torrez, a former Department of Public Safety SWAT member, said these hoaxes can be very dangerous.

"You could have a homeowner who is trying to protect his home and grabs a weapon and the police are going to engage that individual," said Torrez.

Thompson said those trying to pull this prank could be arrested for filing a false report. They could also be forced to pay for any damages and lost time.

"They can be charged with that," said Thompson.

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    It's called SWAT-ing, and it's a dangerous hoax in which someone tries getting a SWAT team to storm an innocent person's home. It's happened twice this past week, including once in Tucson. "If you go on the Internet, you'll see where there are some cities where people have called in false complaints," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson.
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    It's called SWAT-ing, and it's a dangerous hoax in which someone tries getting a SWAT team to storm an innocent person's home. It's happened twice this past week, including once in Tucson. "If you go on the Internet, you'll see where there are some cities where people have called in false complaints," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson.

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