updated 11/24/2010 4:59:18 PM ET 2010-11-24T21:59:18
Share Print Font: +-SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. — In what was apparently a phone prank, a motel guest said someone called his room and told him to smash the things inside in order to free a "midget" trapped next door.
Spartanburg County sheriff's deputies told WXII sister station WYFF that they were called to a Motel 6 on Sunday night after a guest nearly punched through to the next room with a wrench.
A motel worker called deputies after she discovered the man had damaged the television, mirrors, and the wall between rooms, according to a police report.
When deputies arrived, 73-year-old Joseph Jones told them someone had called his room about 11 p.m. and said he was a manager at the motel. Jones said the male caller told him the previous guest had installed highly sophisticated cameras in his room. The caller told Jones not to bother looking for them and instead, the caller would instruct him on how to get rid of the cameras.
Jones said the caller asked him if the TV was on, and if it was to turn it off and unplug it. Jones said he did as he was told.
Next, he was told to remove the back toilet cover and to smash the TV with it. He did and the cover shattered without breaking the TV screen, so he was instructed to throw the TV outside. Jones did as he was instructed.