Prank Call Prompts Illegal Strip Search

Prank Call Prompts Illegal Strip Search

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(KSL News) -- An illegal strip search at a Salt Lake restaurant has sparked an investigation by the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office.

Earlier this month, a prank caller convinced a shift supervisor at the Applebee's Restaurant at 5670 South Redwood Road that he was a police officer. The caller claimed he was investigating a number of employees for stealing from customers.

The man on the phone then told the shift supervisor to strip search one of his female employees to see if she had the stolen cash. The employee was completely nude before the supervisor realized it was a prank.

Investigators say three Applebee's restaurants were called in one day, but two realized immediately the call was a prank.

There is some concern there are more victims that haven't reported the incidents. The same scam has been happening in Florida.

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