GARDEN CITY - Authorities are attempting to track down the person responsible for calling in a hostage situation hoax to Garden City police Tuesday.
Officials say the caller claimed there was a man inside of 200 Garden City Plaza with a gun, explosives and hostages. The lone call came into the Garden City Police Department.
More than 100 people were evacuated from the building, which was then cleared by responding officers.
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Police say it’s not easy to find the people responsible for “swatting” or making false claims about a violent situation in order to garner a large emergency response.
Nassau Chief of Department Steven E. Skrynecki says swatting is a growing problem across the country. Last year in Nassau County, there were 10 swatting incidents. There have been nine so far this year.
“We haven't quantified the cost. I can only tell you it's a large amount of resources that go into addressing these [incidents],” said Skrynecki.