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(Scroll down for video) Armed robbers phoned in a phony 911 emergency in order to pull off a large jewelry heist, according to police reports.
Jewel thieves may have taken advantage of the nation's fears of a similar event, Texas police said.
Tuesday afternoon, Houston dispatchers received a 911 call saying that a man with a gun was in a local theater. Officers rushed to the scene, but found no sign of the man or the alleged caller.
While police were busy with the theater, four or five armed men with their faces covered stormed a Jared’s jewelry shop just two blocks away. Officials said that one of the suspects forced customers to the ground while the others cleaned out the showcases of jewelry.
They seized almost $1 million in jewelry.
Even if it is part of a plan to organize a jewelry theft, misuse of 911 system remains a criminal offense.
In September, a Florida teenager was arrested after he allegedly called 911 to notify dispatchers twice that his dreams had come true.