WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - Who is making fake calls to police - sending SWAT teams into action? Right now investigators are working to answer that question.
It is the crime that grabbed headlines – after celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber fell victim last year.
It is where a hoax 911 call leads to a swat team response. It now happened three times this month in Oakland County.
It happened twice on July 8th in West Bloomfield and Highland Township.
Then early Sunday in White Lake Township – police got another terrifying call.
“As the call came in it came in as a shooting we had to get there now or someone was going to get hurt,” says Chief Adam Kline.
The most recent victims of swatting live on Oxbow Lake Road in White Lake Township. They tell me they are too unnerved to go on camera as the person responsible is not charged.
They say they woke up to guns in their faces at 4:00 a.m. —and are grateful it didn’t end in tragedy.
Chief Kline says swatting doesn’t just put police and the victims at risk – it costs us all money. Tens of thousands of tax dollars are spent as numerous agencies respond.
“I’ve seen $20 thousand, up to $40 - 50 thousand in costs from these,” he says.
And because of the danger and the cost—swatting is no innocent prank. It is a felony.
Police say these cases may be unrelated - but they are close to catching those responsible – and they will face charges.