BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA.com) — Pranksters tricked police and sent officers to the home of actor Tom Cruise, according to Beverly Hills police.READ MORE: Firefighters Discover Human Remains After Putting Out RV Fire In Wilmington
The hoax was the latest incident in a trend known as celebrity swatting, where someone makes a fake police report that would require a SWAT team to be sent out to a star’s home.
Officers swarmed the superstar’s home after someone called to report an armed robbery, Sgt. Renato Moreno said. They soon discovered the report was fake.READ MORE: 'Is He Alive? Is He Alright?' Family Left With Nothing But Questions After Ricky McGhee's Disappearance Weeks Ago
The bogus call came in at 11:51 a.m. Thursday, Moreno said.
Cruise wasn’t home when officers arrived.
Police talked with the actor’s private security and learned the call didn’t originate from the house.MORE NEWS: Gascón To Face Second Recall Effort
Miley Cyrus, Ashton Kutcher, Justin Bieber and Simon Cowell also have been reportedly targeted.