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Leland hotel damaged by prank call for second time

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — For the second time this year, a Leland hotel has suffered extensive damage because of a prank phone call.

Leland Police say early Sunday morning, someone called the front desk of the Best Western off US 17 and asked to be transferred to a room. The caller told the guest who answered to activate the fire sprinkler in the room because there was a gas leak. After the guest followed the directions, the caller hung up.

The same thing happened to another guest in the hotel back in May. That prank flooded the first two floors of the hotel and caused thousands of dollars in damage.

Leland Police detectives believe this prank may be only one of many nationwide, as was the case back in the spring. Detectives are investigating any and all leads and plan on possible collaboration with federal officials to aid in this investigation.

The Leland Police Department asks anyone with any information about this case to call (910) 371-1100 or leave an anonymous tip by texting 847411 with your cell phone then 411LPD and your tip.

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