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Crank Caller Gets Cranked

Saturday, December 30th, 2006 • Filed under Other

images18.jpgWhat happens when a guy prank calls the Knoville Fire Department 15 times in a row from his cell phone? The firefighters hold a little episode of “Crank Yankers” of their own.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Knoxville Fire Department investigators used a ruse of their own to nab a man suspected of making a series of bogus emergency calls on his cell phone.

After receiving a false report of a gas leak on Dec. 14, firefighters compared notes.

They confirmed 15 fake 911 calls over a two-month period, including four house fires, six car crashes and various other medical emergencies. All came from the same cell phone.

So they called the number and left a message saying the phone’s owner had won a gift card from a major retailer, Fire Capt. Brent Seymour said.

The ironically named suspect Jason Harms got busted because he made all the prank calls from the same cell phone, and police dispatchers have these new fangled machines that can track telephone numbers. Thanks to Mr. Harms, they are now working on technology to will help dispatchers determine if the person on the phone is a total tool.

The man called back and gave the fire department his address so he could get his gift card. They met in a parking lot and he was promptly arrested. His first words, according to the story, were “You can’t prove it.” A general sessions judge had a difference of opinion.

He sent 15 counts of felony false reports against him to a grand jury. Upon arrest, he also lost his right to make a phone call.

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