April Fool’s Joke Prompts Heavy Police Response

An April Fool’s Day prank led police to send an entire shift to Market Basket on April 1.

“A woman called her father and said that she was in Market Basket and there was a guy in there with a gun,” Londonderry Detective Christopher Olson said.

Olson said the man called the police in a panic.

“He couldn’t really even talk, he was so upset. Obviously people have a right to carry a gun, but the way she made him feel and the way he portrayed it to us was that it was more than just a guy with a gun,” Olson said. “We had a whole shift respond over there, and the station gets a call back saying that the daughter informed him that it was an April Fool’s joke.”

Olson said it was unknown if any charges would be filed.

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