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Burlington man calls 911 to report fake shooting after cellphone stolen

Last Updated Apr 17, 2019 at 7:57 am EDT

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A Burlington man is under arrest after calling in a fake gun call to police after his cellphone was stolen.

It happened around 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Halton police told 680 NEWS the man, believed to be in his 20s, wanted a faster police response to his stolen cellphone report so he decided to make a bogus 911 call.

The man told police someone had been shot on Walkers Line, south of the QEW.

Police swarmed the area searching for a victim and a gunman. The canine unit was even brought in to assist with the search.

When police learned the truth about the fake call, the man was arrested.

He is facing a charge of public mischief and conveying false message.

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@3.162277660168379: If I was a cop, I would not want to waste my time investigating a stolen phone. Either keep it in your pants, or be aware of your surroundings when using it outside. And buy a cheap phone. And if it gets stolen, use whatever find my phone app and then call a cop to the location. You don’t need a swarm of cops for a stolen phone. That’s ridiculous. That guy deserves some jail time.

April 17, 2019 at 10:35 am

@Peter, Today they don’t want to investigate stolen phones, tomorrow they decline to investigate sex assault, saying woman/man should not be alone on night streets and than what? Murder cases?
On other side, if person will not get jail time for stolen phone, next is stolen cars (I doubt police really do anything about this too)? And finally assault?

April 17, 2019 at 12:59 pm