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Waffle House employee who hoaxed Virginia police arrested, charged

Hampton Police Division

Susan Alexandria Tinker, 20, was arrested Monday morning after falsely reporting a robbery at the Waffle House where she works.

A Virginia woman who falsely reported a Monday morning robbery at a Waffle House as an April Fools' Day prank has been arrested by police.


Susan Alexandria Tinker, 20, an employee at a Hampton, Va., branch of the Waffle House chain, allegedly called local authorities just before 6 a.m. Monday and claimed the restaurant was raided by robbers five minutes earlier, Hampton Police Division Cpl. Mary Shackelford told NBC News.

Police responded immediately and launched an investigation, interviewing other employees while a K-9 unit sniffed around the scene and investigators canvassed the neighborhood for suspects, Shackelford said.

But when police reviewed surveillance footage recorded during Tinker’s shift, they discovered unspecified evidence that the original 911 call was just an April Fools' Day hoax, Shackelford said.

Hampton police weren’t in the mood for a joke, and Tinker was arrested and charged with one misdemeanor count of falsely summoning police, according to authorities.

Shackelford said that police will not tolerate prank calls made to emergency officials.

"We take this very, very seriously," she said.

"Sometimes we'll get incidents where kids are playing around on the phone," Shackelford added. "But usually it's nothing of this caliber."

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