Police responded to an armed robbery call shortly before noon on Thursday at Tom Cruise’s home in Beverly Hills, Calif., but the whole incident proved to be just another case of celebrity “swatting.” Upon arriving at Cruise’s home police discovered that were there no armed robbers on the premises and that Cruise was also not home.

"It was determined the residence belonged to actor Tom Cruise, and no emergency was discovered,” the Beverly Hills Police Department said in a statement. “Neither Mr. Cruise nor his family were home when the emergency was reported. Beverly Hills Police Department Detectives will be investigating the incident as a crime due to the false report."

Celebrity “swatting” has become a popular prank as of late. In the last six months Justin Bieber, Ashton Kutcher, Miley Cyrus and Simon Cowell have all been victims of “celebrity swatting,” E! reports.

A 12 year-old boy was arrested for the Kutcher and Bieber “swattings.” He used a computer hacking program, which let him make calls with TTY, a message system used by people with hearing impairments, to the LAPD, according to Gawker. The prank caller apparently has a troubled home life and is being moved to a foster home, the Daily Mail reports.

Hal Sundt

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