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Seymour online gamer becomes victim of swatting

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WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB) -

An online gamer became the victim of a swatting incident involved police departments from Windsor Locks and Seymour. 

Thrifty Car Rental roadside assistance, which is a toll free number in Oklahoma, received a call on Thursday.

The caller stated he had “a bomb strapped to himself like Bin Laden and is on the way to a Connecticut airport,” according to police. The caller said he needed help with his vehicle in Seymour.

After getting more information, police said the operator for Thrifty Car Rental roadside assistance called to the facility in Windsor Locks, which is located near the Bradley International Airport. The Windsor Locks Police department was also alerted to the threat.

State police cooperated along with the departments in Windsor Locks and Seymour to find the address in Seymour. Upon arrival, police determined that on adult, who was an avid online gamer, was the “victim of the swatting bomb hoax.”

“The swatter used various communication technologies to mask his call origin and his identity remains unknown,” Windsor Locks Police Department posted on its Facebook page.

Police said the swatting incident “incident resulted in numerous law enforcement officers and corresponding man-hours.”

Police said they did not locate a bomb and determined that no Connecticut airport was identified as the target.

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