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Crime Trackers: Prank phone calls to Jack In The Box causes shattered windows

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People are making prank phone calls to restaurants in Tucson, but it's anything but a laughing matter.

It's actually illegal and Tuesday, a local Jack In The Box was temporarily closed, with smashed windows. Every window at the store on Campbell near Ft. Lowell was broken and boarded up.

A Tucson police report said a man who claimed to be with a fire suppression company called Jack In The Box after midnight. The man said the gas pressure from inside the business was rising. He told the employees to pull the emergency fire lever, get out of the restaurant and bust out the windows to keep the building from exploding.

Employees told him they were uncomfortable breaking windows. The man told them to do it anyway for safety's sake. The employees grabbed rocks and broke all the windows by the time Tucson fire and police showed up.

Sal Panuco was in the parking lot as the windows were boarded up and employees cleaned up the shattered glass. 

“First and foremost, I would get out of the building instead of breaking anything,” he said.

Baggin's Gourmet sandwiches is located next to the Jack In The Box.

“It's unfortunate that people are pulling pranks like that,” said John Murphy, who runs Baggin's Gourmet. “I would just hope people would have enough sense to think about the staff and themselves first.”

Police say several other Jack In The Box restaurants received similar calls from a blocked number.

Tucson is not the only place getting calls like this. Employees at a Burger King in Morro Bay, Calif. took similar action over the weekend.

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