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Published February 06, 2013, 05:57 PM

Two early scares to Fargo Police turn out to be flops

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A busy start to the day for Fargo Police. Two early morning scares just a few hours apart.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A busy start to the day for Fargo Police. Two early morning scares just a few hours apart.

Police got calls of a robbery and a home invasion both turning up to be false reports.

One call came in around 7 this morning when police received a report from a man living in this South Fargo duplex who believed his home was being invaded by someone with a weapon.

Lt. Joel Vettel, Fargo Police: "The caller reported that he had not seen a handgun, but he had stated somebody had mentioned a handgun."

Police responded believing the call to be true.

They set up a perimeter then closed down nearby streets, causing commotion for people going to work or children heading to school only to find out the home invasion was a false report.

Vettel: "The person that was calling who had reported the incident might have some mental illness issues that resulted in possibly in a hallucination of some type."

Another came around 3 a.m. from this Holiday gas station. That's when a woman inside texted her boyfriend as a joke, saying a robbery was going on

Vettel: "He being alarmed and concerned for her safety and the people's safety inside, dialed 911."

This too turned up being fake costing officers valuable time and resources during their response and investigation.

Vettel: "We don't look at it as wasting resources, but we want to utilize those in an appropriate way."

A false report can sometimes lead to a criminal charge so police ask people to think about the consequences before making one.

In these cases, the woman got by with a warning, and the man will undergo a mental health evaluation.

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