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Myrtle Beach police investigate prank calls about bank robbery

Myrtle Beach police are investigating fake calls their 911 emergency dispatch center received from a man operating a prank website, according to a police report.

Officers received a call about 3 a.m. Saturday and the man reported he was at a bank along Oak Street and it was being robbed by people armed with assault rifles, police said. The man said he was hiding behind a desk and the suspects had threatened to shoot him and several employees.

Before the man hung up the call, he told dispatchers he was from the prank call business, according to the report. Officers noted it was not the first false call they had received from the man and detectives are investigating the incidents.