Police: Student used app to make high school bomb threat - FOX 13 News

Police: Student used app to make high school bomb threat

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Police say they've arrested a student who called in a bomb threat at several locations over the past few months, including one at Auburndale High School in August.

Investigators say the student used an app called "Pinger" to mask his identity when making the threats – but as in most cases, a thorough investigation of the student's phone connected him to the crimes.

Police say he reported bomb threats at Auburndale, the Lake Myrtle Soccer Complex, and Stambaugh Middle School.

The app essentially replaced his phone number with a false number, investigators said. One of the threats he made was directly to a teacher, threatening to carry out an attack.

Police say the suspect lives right near the Lake Myrtle complex. After arresting him at Auburndale High School yesterday, investigators say he admitted to the crimes.

FOX 13 is not naming him because he is a minor.

He faces several charges, including felonies of false report of a bomb and tampering with a witness.

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