Diverting the cops is a standard tactical move if you want to do mischief somewhere else, and I suppose calling a bomb threat to a school 20 miles away could work about as well as anything else. That's what a couple of would-be criminal masterminds from Des Moines did up in my neck of the woods..
The results were non-optimum. Their bank-heist take was an employee's purse. The car they stole was recognized and chased. They abandoned it along the wild bluffs of the Des Moines River and hid in the woods. Officers quickly found them. Homing in on chattering teeth?
Criminey. When even your criminal class apes a Three Stooges plot, you get to thinking about state pride and all. I may resort to social climbing. Claim to be from Arkansas or something.