On Wednesday night police surrounded Miley Cyrus' mansion, weapons drawn, watching for an armed kidnapper to slip out the back door.
Fortunately not only was there no kidnapper, but no one at all at home at the time.
Miley was the target of "swatting" -- a prank in which an anonymous caller
reports a serious crime to authorities so a SWAT team will swarm an
innocent person's home.
caller, whom Los Angeles police are said to be tracking, told a 911
operator that Miley's property had been invaded by a kidnapper and there
had been a shooting.
At least a dozen officers and firefighters responded to the scene, according to L.A. Now. Luckily for all involved, it turned out to be a hoax.
Can't you just picture some pimpley schoolboys giggling at their hilarious prank. Unfortunately for them making
a false call to 911 is a misdemeanor in California. Convicted
pranksters could serve up to a year in jail -- or, if someone is hurt in
a SWAT raid, three years.