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False armed robbery reported at Myrtle Beach bank

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach Police are looking for the people responsible for reporting a fake bank robbery at the SunTrust bank on 48th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach.

The SunTrust Mortgage is located at the intersection of 48th Avenue North and Robert Grissom Parkway. Just before 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Myrtle Beach Police received a call that there were possibly five armed bank robbers inside the building.

Police spokesman Captain David Knipes confirmed that when Myrtle Beach police officers and SWAT arrived on the scene, they surrounded the building and made contact with a bank employee, calling them out of the bank.

They soon discovered there were no armed robbers, and it was a hoax call.

Right now, police are working to determine who made the call, but have not identified any suspects.

The building was cleared by police during the investigation.

Knoxville Police received a similar call around 1:05 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at a SunTrust Bank that also turned out to be a hoax, according to NBC affiliate, WBIR News. The caller in Knoxville claimed the robber was armed with a shotgun, and at least one person was injured. Knoxville Police spokesman Darrell DeBusk says those responsible for that call will be prosecuted.

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