BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA.com) — Pranksters tricked police and sent officers to the home of actor Tom Cruise, according to Beverly Hills police.
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.READ MORE: CDC Reverses Advisory Panel Recommendation, Includes High-Risk Workers In Booster Shot Eligibility
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.
The bogus call came in at 11:51 a.m. Thursday, Moreno said.READ MORE: Crews Working To Contain Brush Fire Burning In Whittier Narrows Area
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: Thunderstorms Bring Heavy Rain, Flooding To Inland Empire, Mountain Areas
Miley Cyrus, Ashton Kutcher, Justin Bieber and Simon Cowell also have been reportedly targeted.