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  • Angry, threatening calls alarm Sugar Creek

  • The Sugar Creek Police Department is trying to track down who is constantly prank calling residents. Ten families all on the same block have been prank called by a threatening voice recording. Calls started two weeks ago, according to Detective Virginia Deboard, investigating officer.

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  • The Sugar Creek Police Department is trying to track down who is constantly prank calling residents.
    Ten families all on the same block have been prank called by a threatening voice recording. Calls started two weeks ago, according to Detective Virginia Deboard, investigating officer.
    The calls are generated by computer. It’s not a live person on the other end, however. A recording of man who identifies himself as Frank Garrett, who investigators say lives in Oklahoma. But Garrett is not the suspect.
    The pranksters recorded Garrett’s voice when they prank called him, Deboard said. Garrett got angry with the pranksters and cussed at the caller.
    “They recorded him and now are using his voice to call other people,” Deboard said. “With his voice, they are using the words he used toward them because they kept calling him. He got angry.”
    Deboard has done plenty of investigative work on  trying to find the suspect or suspects. She’s contacted phone companies, the Federal Communications Commission and other law enforcement agencies to track down the pranksters, which can be difficult.
    The phone calls have been tracked down to several different locations such as the University of Florida, Washington, D.C., and Stillwell, Okla.
    The calls happen across America, starting in 2008.
    Once a suspect is tracked down and arrested, another one emerges.
    No one has been solicited with the calls or anyone’s life has been threatened. Deboard said it’s not known if the victim’s phone bills have increased, probably because they have not received their monthly bill yet.
    “It’s more of a game with them,” Deboard said. “They’re calling the same people. Eventually, they’ll move on and call other people.”
    Police recommend people tolerate the call or do not respond to the caller. If it continues, get a new number, but that does not guarantee that the pranksters won’t get the new number.
    “The voice is so hateful and threatening,” Deboard said. “Citizens are concerned about their well being.”

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