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Norwich police make arrest in alleged Wal-Mart hoax

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Norwich - Police on Friday arrested a man who they say fooled Wal-Mart store personnel in January into believing that someone armed with a shotgun was in front of the store and threatening to shoot people .

According to Norwich police, on Jan. 26, Keith J. Mutch, 35, of 1 Tanner Ave., used a portable Ham radio-type of setup to pretend to transmit the report of an armed man at about 9:21 p.m. Security personnel at the store overheard the report over their two-way radio system and called police.

When they arrived, police determined the report of an armed man was false.

Mutch turned himself in Friday afternoon on a warrant charging him with second-degree breach of peace, first-degree reckless endangerment, and first-degree falsely reporting an incident.

Mutch was held on a $5,000 cash bond pending arraignment at Norwich Superior Court on Tuesday.

No further arrests are anticipated in this incident and police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call the Norwich Police Department at (860) 886-5561, or the Anonymous Tip Line at (860) 886-5561, ext. 500.

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