<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Weird News]]>Copyright 2019 https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida https://www.nbcmiami.com en-usSun, 20 Jan 2019 11:45:09 -0500Sun, 20 Jan 2019 11:45:09 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Odd Rescue: Horse Trapped in Dumpster Hoisted to Safety]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 23:40:34 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/horse-rescue-oc.jpg

After a horse became trapped in a dumpster in Orange County, California for hours, firefighters successfully hoisted the animal to safety Friday afternoon.

The call came into crews at 2:30 p.m. of a trapped horse at the Golden West Stables, Huntington Beach Fire Department said.

"I was actually in my horse's stall getting ready and then I heard my mother say, 'there's a horse in the dumpster!' And my heart stopped," said Brooke Winger, who owns a horse named Abby at the center.

Winger said the horse who became trapped was being led to the lower arena area when the horse started running.

The horse essentially got loose and stepped on the lid of the dumpster thinking it was a flat surface. 

The horse plunged into the dumpster, with one leg hanging out.

After about two and a half hours of Winger and the horse's owner keeping it calm, the animal was hoisted to safety by fire crews.

A veterinarian checked the horse, but it appeared to have minor scratches and would be just fine, Winger said. 



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<![CDATA[Email Prompts Man to Attend Stranger's Vt. Bachelor Party ]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:20:51 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/215*120/will14.jpg

A typo in an email address connected total strangers — and will result in an unlikely guest at a party in Vermont this weekend.

“I try to be open to things in life,” said Will Novak of Arizona, who was accidentally invited to the bachelor party of a man he never met.

A typo meant the invitation went to Will instead of to Bill Novak of Brooklyn, because their email addresses — like their names — are just a single letter off from one another.

“He’s a really nice guy,” Bill Novak said of Will Novak, referring to the email and texting friendship that developed after other party guests sorted out the email confusion.

The invitation was to a bachelor party for a man named Angelo and will be held this weekend at Vermont’s Okemo Mountain Resort.

Will Novak responded to the misdirected message, accepting the invitation, because he said he thought Angelo and his friends seemed cool.

“The fact they wrote back and met me at my level of intensity and enthusiasm and were like, ‘You seem great, you’re hilarious, come on out — let’s have fun,’ was amazing,” Will Novak said.

“It’s very crazy,” Bill Novak acknowledged, adding that he thinks his group of friends will all get along with the stranger from Arizona, based on the sense of humor and fun Will has demonstrated.

The director of Okemo’s ski-and-ride school said he will give the Arizonan beginner lessons, hoping to get his skills to the point where he can take an easy run with the whole bachelor party.

“I’ve never heard of anything even close to something like this,” ski-and-ride instructor Chris Saylor said of the unusual reason the guest is attending the bachelor party. “I think the friendship they’re going to build with people they’ve never met before, just through an errant email — it’s going to be stories for a lifetime!”

Bill Novak, the intended guest, said he can’t wait to meet the other Novak, and made a T-shirt staking his claim that he’s the “real” Will Novak.

Will Novak, the one in Arizona, said he is curious if his return trip home Sunday may be delayed by snow this weekend in New England. If it is, no biggie, he said: he’ll just have more time to spend with his new buddies.

Thursday, Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont, tweeted well-wishes to the groom-to-be and the guests at the bachelor party.

“Please extend my congratulations to Angelo and his bride-to-be on their wedding!” Scott tweeted. “It’s always great when new people visit Vermont. I hope you all have a fun weekend. Be safe and enjoy the snow!”



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<![CDATA[Iowa Man Gets "Jackpot Treatment" for $1 Lotto Ticket Win]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:16:46 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+LOTTERY+WINNER+011719.00_00_07_01.Still006THUMB.jpg

An Iowa man got the "Jackpot treatment" after winning $1 off a scratch-off lotto ticket. Tyler Heep decided to cash in the winning ticket at the Iowa Lottery Headquarters and was presented with a big check for his win. Heep spent his winnings on a gallon of gas.

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<![CDATA['River of Chocolate' Blocks Highway Traffic After Truck Fail]]> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:29:31 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/chocolate+truck+spill.jpg

A tanker truck hauling thousands of gallons of liquid chocolate rolled over on the interstate near Flagstaff, Arizona, on Monday, leaving a river of sweetness all over the road. "This will be a sweet cleanup!," the state Department of Public Safety tweeted. (Credit: Arizona Department of Public Safety)



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<![CDATA[The Struggle Is Real: Mouse Runs Down Escalator Going Up]]> Sun, 13 Jan 2019 13:55:10 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/mouse-on-escalator.PNG

For one mouse at Rockefeller Center, the struggle was real... and somehow, relatable. 

A mouse was spotted scurrying across the lobby of the iconic New York City skyscraper when it took a turn to go down an escalator to the concourse. 

Unfortunately, the escalator was going up. 

That didn't stop the furry rodent from making a Sisyphean attempt to outrun the escalator. It ran for several minutes, never making it more than one step down. 

It's not clear what happened to the mouse, whose struggle outlasted its videographer. 

It's not the first mouse to get attention at 30 Rock. Several mice were seen running rampant at a Just Salad in the concourse after hours in November, causing the restaurant to close permanently. 

But this mouse may belong to a more rarified club of animals who capture the fancy of New Yorkers, including the pizza rat, avocado-eating squirrel and bagel-wearing pigeon



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<![CDATA[Man Caught Licking Doorbell on Home Security System]]> Wed, 09 Jan 2019 08:37:14 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+DOORBELL+LICKER+010819.00_00_17_29.Still005THUMB.jpg

A man in Salinas, CA was caught on a home security system licking the homeowner's doorbell. Police identified the man, Roberto Daniel Arroyo, and said he returned to the residence later, urinating in front of the house and stealing extension cords. Police say Arroyo remains at large.

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<![CDATA[$293,000 Cash Still Missing After Truck Spills on NJ Highway]]> Fri, 14 Dec 2018 23:19:30 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Brinks_Truck_Still.jpg

Authorities are looking for $293,000 in still-missing cash after an armored truck rained money onto a New Jersey highway Thursday morning, causing two crashes as drivers attempted to collect the loot scattered across several lanes. 

Videos posted on social media show a Brink’s truck parked on the side of Route 3 in East Rutherford as one armored truck driver desperately tried to collect the cash on the road. Police said one of the truck's doors may have malfunctioned and become unsecured shortly before 8:30 a.m.

"The driver seemed to be both kind of laughing and crying at the same time, and he was kind of running around, telling people to stop," said Betsy Richards, who witnessed the cash grab as she commuted into the city on a bus. 

"I did see $100 bills, and 5's and 10's and 50's, so it was at least $10,000 on the highway," said Richards.  

East Rutherford Police said Friday that two plastic bags containing a total of $510,000 fell onto the roadway.

Drivers and the Brink's personnel recovered roughly $205,000 on the spot. Five people later contacted police and turned in a little more than $11,000.  The remaining $293,535 was still missing as of Friday afternoon. 

Drivers leaving their vehicles to pick up the cash caused two accidents, police said.  In one video, a person can be seen attempting to collect some of the currency from the roadway. 

News 4 on the scene even captured one man who lives nearby wandering on the side of the highway hours later, casually perusing the field. 

"Nah, there's nothing over here," the man later told News 4, laughing. "They took it all, guys."

While witnesses got quite a kick out of watching drivers scrambling to pick up the cash -- like a game of Frogger in between moving traffic -- police are reminding the public it's theft. Anyone who collected money in connection with the spill is urged to call the East Rutherford Police Department "to make arrangements for its return with no charges filed." 

As of Thursday afternoon, police said several people had contacted the department in an attempt to locate money they had found on the highway. 

Brinks "provides U.S. and global security services including secure logistics, cash management, payment and retail back office solutions," according to its website. 

A vice president for the company said Thursday he could "confirm that there was an incident with one of our trucks this morning which we are investigating."



Photo Credit: Sabrina Quagliozzi]]>
<![CDATA[Traveler Busted at NY Airport With 70 Live Finches in Hair Rollers]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:22:38 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/finches+8.jpg On Saturday, U. S. Customs and Border Protection stopped a passenger arriving from Guyana and discovered they were carrying 70 live birds hidden in hair rollers in a black duffel bag.]]> <![CDATA[Calif. Man Rescued After 2 Days Stuck in Greasy Restaurant Vent]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 23:36:32 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/sanleandromanstuck.jpg

First responders on Wednesday rescued a trespasser — possibly a burglar — who was reportedly trapped for about two days in a grimy vent at a vacant Chinese food restaurant in San Lorenzo, according to officials.

The 29-year-old man, seen caked in grease as he was stuck in the narrow passageway, was taken into custody after being freed from the vent, officials said.

"It is likely he wound not have survived another day given the circumstances," the Alameda County Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook.

Fire and sheriff's department units responded around 9:30 a.m. to the 700 block of Bockman Road after receiving word that someone was making faint calls for help from the restaurant, officials said.

As firefighters arrived at the scene, they heard someone moaning from inside the vacant building. They eventually found the man who told them he had been stuck in the duct system above the stove for about two days.

Crews managed to free him in about 30 minutes, according to officials. The man did not suffer any serious injuries, but he was said to be suffering from fatigue, body cramps and pain in his extremities. 

He was taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to the sheriff's office. He is expected to make a full recovery.

"At this time, we are conducting a trespassing and vandalism investigation," the sheriff's office said in a statement. "It is unknown if the suspect intended to commit a burglary."



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<![CDATA[Movie Theater for Dogs, Owners Opens in Texas]]> Sat, 08 Dec 2018 00:55:52 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/dog-cinema-plano.jpg

The movies have gone to the dogs in Plano, Texas – literally.

Popcorn and poodles and golden retrievers in front of the silver screen will be a common sight at K9 Cinemas when the movie theater opens Friday.

“We’re going to have the movie on. We want people to be able to relax and watch the movie just like they would at home,” owner Eric Lankford said.

Lankford said he wanted a place for people like him who enjoy time with their dog. He said he didn’t see any other place that would allow him enjoy a movie with his dog.

“We are going to be showing older movies. We are going to have snacks, drinks,” Lankford said.

Lankford is aware that dogs can sometimes be unruly, so there are a set of specialized rules for Rover.

“We’ve got some guidelines in place to make sure that it is safe, fun, friendly and clean when people show up,” Lankford said. “We do have three doggone rules. Clean up after your pet. Bring the papers showing that your dog is up to date and there are only two dogs per human allowed.”

Lankford said, for now, the theater will only be open on weekends.

It’s an experiment that could lead to a very unique movie-going experience.

“We are going to have dogs here, so there is going to be noise. That means you might have to take your dog outside to go use the restroom,” Lankford said.

K9 CINEMAS
1192 Greenway Dr.
Plano, TX 75075
(469)-431-1077



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<![CDATA[Miami Duo Arrested For Operating Dental Practice Out Of Bus]]> Thu, 29 Nov 2018 19:51:29 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/112918+dental+suspects.jpg

Two people are behind bars after allegedly running an illegal dental practice out of a bus in Miami.

According to Miami-Dade Police officials, Daniela Sulbaran and Victor Bernal were arrested earlier this month for practicing health care without a license. Bernal was also charged with possession of drugs with intent to sell.

During an undercover investigation, officials scheduled an appointment with Bernal for a dental procedure.

They arrived at the bus, which parked in a parking lot at the 6000 block of Northwest 74th Avenue.

Sulbaran diagnosed, evaluated and offered to treat the officer. That’s when police moved in and arrested the two.

While police were searching the bus, they found a bag containing various prescription drugs, including lidocaine, mepivacaine, ibuprofen, and other dental products.

Investigators are asking people who may have been treated by Sulbaran and Bernal to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Man Finds Missing Cat Under His Truck]]> Wed, 28 Nov 2018 21:57:55 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Cat+screenshot+%281%29.jpg

A woman lost her cat after a repairman left her house, but the man later found the cat under his truck.

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<![CDATA[Bear Opens Door, Strolls Into Calif. Highway Patrol Facility]]> Mon, 26 Nov 2018 11:22:36 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/BearCHPOffice.JPG

An "unexpected visitor" on four legs and boasting some serious dexterity handily let itself into a California Highway Patrol facility near Lake Tahoe earlier this month.

That's right, a bear managed to open a door and saunter into the CHP Donner Pass Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility in Truckee on the night of Nov. 17, according to a video posted by the CHP Donner Pass office Saturday.

Footage from the facility shows the bear poke its head up, making it visible through a glass window in the door. The bear, standing up on its hind legs, promptly turns the handle, pulls the door open and casually strolls through the doorway on all fours, taking time to check out what's on display in some nearby vending machines.

After poking around the office, the bear eventually makes its nonchalant escape through the same door it entered.

Two armed officers are soon seen following the bear out of the door.



Photo Credit: CHP – Donner Pass]]>
<![CDATA[Cards Against Humanity Mocks Black Friday With Crazy Sale]]> Sat, 24 Nov 2018 09:18:30 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/cards+against+humanity+box+.png

The company behind the popular card game “Cards Against Humanity” has made its stance against Black Friday known for years, but they took things to a whole new level this year.

The company, who in past years has given away boxes of feces and dug a hole in a random Illinois town as part of their promotional blitz around the holiday, is selling a breathtaking variety of items in what they’re calling a “99 percent off sale.”

The website, which is ringed by phrases like “Death is the Ultimate Savings” and rude comments about Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, is putting new items on sale every 10 minutes, including a Presidential Mahogany Casket, a Poncho Toilet, and even cash, all of which are being sold at drastically reduced prices.

The items, even the obscure ones like the life-sized cut out of Orlando Bloom and an original Picasso Lithograph, have all sold out within seconds, and all have required customers to answer a type of trivia question before they can be purchased.

In past years, the company has used Black Friday to deride consumerism. In one instance, the company told patrons to send in $5 in exchange for nothing, and hundreds of people did, with employees of the company pocketing the money or donating their share to charity.

The company also raised money to dig a hole in Oregon, IL, and sold boxes of literal bull feces for $6.

For your chance at a Nursing Skills Geriatric Medical Doll, or money, or whatever else the company is selling, you can visit their website before the end of the day.



Photo Credit: cardsagainsthumanity.com]]>
<![CDATA[Prankster in Turkey Costume Carves, Gobbles Bird on Subway]]> Fri, 23 Nov 2018 00:09:03 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/subway-turkey-diptych.jpg

If you're going to pull a prank on the subway on Thanksgiving, you might as well do it in a turkey suit.

That's exactly what popular New York City Instagrammers @princezee and @MrNYCSubway did Thursday in honor of the holiday.

In videos posted to both of their accounts, @princezee can be seen carving and gobbling up a turkey in a turkey costume as amused straphangers look on and take video. 

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The stunt comes just days after @MrNYCSubway -- which is run by photographer Dre Verrios -- posted images of a partially nude man painted to blend in with a G Train. 

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<![CDATA[The 'World's Longest Hair Competition']]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 07:34:21 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/hair+screenshot+%281%29.jpg

Women from Lithuania competed for a title of who had the longest hair. The winner got an all-expenses-paid trip to the European Parliament in Strasbourg or Brussels.

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<![CDATA[Giant Python Discovered Among Texas Goodwill Donations]]> Fri, 02 Nov 2018 14:54:22 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/fort-worth-snake.jpg

A shocking discovery Thursday at the Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth sorting center now officially tops the list of bizarre donations they have been forced to handle: an albino boa constrictor snake.

“I was tipping this machine, and when I brought the bin back the snake was hanging over the edge,” said Tassy Rodgers, who works in donation processing. “I was a little freaked out and thinking this cannot be fake; it’s gotta be real.”

The snake was very much real, and is now in the care of the Goodwill staff until its rightful owner can be located.

The belief is that it did not slither its way into the southeast Fort Worth sorting center and was instead dropped off — either on purpose or by accident — at one of the 38 donation centers in the Fort Worth area.

“I just don’t know what the context is of how this snake got to us,” said Goodwill assistant manager James Murphy. “There are multiple steps this snake had to take to get here.”

“I don’t know if someone may have [dropped it off] maliciously,” Murphy said. “Maybe they wanted to get rid of it and weren’t quite sure how, or maybe it just wanted to get warm. It was in a pile of clothing.”

Thankfully for the snake — and for the other employees — Murphy has previous experience owning and handling snakes and other exotic animals, so he was prepared to help as opposed to panic when he got an urgent knock on his office door Thursday.

“They’re very strong and they are constrictors. So if he didn’t want to let go of that bin, it would have been hard to get him off without hurting him,” Murphy said. “So, we tried to coax him to start slithering, to relax his muscles and that’s when I started holding him. Eventually he relaxed enough for me to get him in that bin.”

A snake expert told NBC 5 that boa constrictors are not venomous and are generally fairly calm though they could bite when threatened.

Editor's Note: The snake in this story was previously identified as a python. NBC 5 has since learned it is a boa. We regret the error.



Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Man Gets Entire Back Tattooed With Michael Jordan's Jersey]]> Thu, 25 Oct 2018 20:38:11 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-225307.jpg

When it comes to tattoos paying homage to Chicago, this one is a slam dunk.

It goes beyond the World Series rings, the skylines, the logos and even the Stanley Cup trophies.

One man tattooed his entire back with Michael Jordan’s “23” jersey, even adding Jordan’s signature in the number “2.”

A video showing the tattoo was posted by Front Tattoo on Instagram Monday, where it has been seen more than 192,000 times.

Photos from other accounts by the artists show at least three tattooers working on the intricate piece at a time.

Even rapper Common shared video of the finished product.

“A while ago, I put up a video of a dude playing basketball in a park dressed as Michael Jordan. He had on the full @chicagobulls @nba Finals uniform along with arm sleeve,” Common wrote. “I declared him the biggest Jordan fan EVER! Until this........”


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<![CDATA[‘Headless Chicken Monster’ Spotted Off Antarctica]]> Tue, 23 Oct 2018 14:06:02 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/SeaCucumber-Chickenmonster.jpg

A sea creature nicknamed the “headless chicken monster” was seen near Antarctica on a long-line fishing company’s underwater camera system. The bizarre-looking creature is actually a sea cucumber.

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<![CDATA[Divers Carve Pumpkins Underwater in Florida Keys]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 04:44:34 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/220*120/101418+pumpkins.jpg

A creative group of scuba divers submerged 30 feet beneath the surface in the Florida Keys to carve pumpkins.

The event took place at the annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving contest that took place Sunday near Key Largo.

Underwater artists of all ages used dive knives and carving tools to transform their orange gourds into sea creatures. Participants were also challenged to keep the hollow, naturally buoyant pumpkins from floating off while the artists worked their magic.

Sebastian Gimeno, 16, and his brother Gabriel, from Weston, impressed the judges with their dolphin and half-moon cutout to win a dive trip.

Other pump-kin entries included sharks, a sea horse, an eel, sea turtle and a skeleton fish.



Photo Credit: Florida Keys News Bureau]]>
<![CDATA[Runaway Pig Lured Home by Deputy's Doritos]]> Sun, 14 Oct 2018 22:56:11 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/SB+Loose+Pig.jpg

San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies in California had to reach into their bag of tricks — or lunch bag of tricks — to corral a portly pig that had gotten loose.

The two deputies from the Highland station responded to a call of a pig "the size of a mini horse" wandering the streets. They decided the path of least resistance was to sacrifice a bit of their lunch to create a trail of chips to entice the pig back home.

He followed them and was secured inside of his gate. The deputies even knew where to take him because they had encountered him on previous calls.



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<![CDATA[Hundreds of Corgis Descend on DC's Jefferson Memorial]]> Mon, 08 Oct 2018 10:14:14 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/corgi+8.JPG Hundreds of corgis and other dogs from across the D.C. area gathered at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial along the Tidal Basin on Sunday for the "Million Corgi March."

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<![CDATA[Couple Sets Up Tent on Subway, Crawl Inside, Smoke: Witness]]> Mon, 01 Oct 2018 05:21:04 -0500 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DoNb4XrUwAAAy0T.jpg

A couple got onto a subway train at the start of the evening rush Friday, set up a tent, crawled inside and brazenly began smoking drugs to the shock and disgust of other passengers in the train car, one of whom relayed the event to News 4 New York over Twitter.

A witness tweeted both the MTA and News 4 New York when a man and a woman got on the southbound 2 train at 233rd Street in the Bronx, pitched a green and blue camping tent, and crawled inside to "smoke some sort of a drug." 

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"They have the car train door open, exposing passengers to drugs," the rider tweeted to NYC Transit just before 5 p.m. "Please alert the conductor or police." 

The witness moved from the car with several other passengers after smoke began filling it. 

"I'm sick and tired of these people on the trains," @Indepublican told News 4. "This drug epidemic is outrageous." 

The witness didn't elaborate as to why he or she suspected the two people were smoking "drugs."

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Authorities responded quickly to the tweet, however, and the NYPD Transit Chief jumped in to ask where it was unfolding.

The police response played out live over Twitter, with @NYPDTransit assuring the rider that officers had located the train and were "investigating now."

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Two minutes later, @Indepublican replied to @NYPDTransit: "They just walked away with the police. Thank you officer!" 

A message left with the MTA regarding the incident was not immediately returned. 

Police on Saturday said they received a 911 call reporting a tent set up inside a subway car around 5:11 p.m. But when officers arrived at the Jackson Avenue subway station in the Bronx, they didn't find anything. 

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Photo Credit: @indepublican/Twitter
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