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Investigators Searching for Prank Caller Who Targeted Area McDonald's Restaurants

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A prank phone call to the Steptoe McDonalds store resulted in several thousand dollars in damage. A prank phone call to the Steptoe McDonalds store resulted in several thousand dollars in damage.

KENNEWICK, WA - Investigators are trying to figure out who prank called six area McDonald's restaurants Sunday afternoon. One call went in to the McDonald's on Steptoe Street in Kennewick, causing thousands of dollars in damage when an employee set off an emergency fire system spraying a foamy substance all over. The prank caller claimed to be from the fire department and said they had remotely accessed the system and needed it to be tested. 

The calls were made to at least two Tri-Cities McDonald's and quite a few in Oregon: one in Stanfield, Pendleton, Hermiston and on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Almost all of the employees did as they were told and set off the systems.

"No fire department will ever call up a commercial or residential to tell them to pull their fire extinguishing system or to do anything of that nature. So it was definitely not a fire department activity," said Kennewick Fire inspector Brian Ellis.

Police say it is extremely difficult to track these culprits down thanks to technology. The callers can "spoof" the number and make it look like it comes from somewhere else. If you do get a call like that, take note of what time the call comes in, whether it's a male or female voice and any other details that might be helpful. Then call police or firefighters and tell them about it right away.

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