08/12/2011 06:06 EDT | Updated 10/12/2011 05:12 EDT

BC Fire-Sprinkler Alarms Set Off By Others, But Teen Charged With Conveying False Messages

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NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. - A teenager who tricked hotel guests and restaurant employees to set off fire alarms and sprinkler systems has been convicted under the rarely-used charge of conveying false messages.

The 17-year-old from Surrey, B.C., who can't be named, was found guilty on 12 counts in a North Vancouver provincial court earlier this week.

Over a two day period last February, the teen called 19 hotels or restaurants in North Vancouver and convinced staff or patrons to set off the fire suppression systems.

Several businesses received water damage or had their businesses disrupted.

The teen has been handed two years house arrest, has been ordered to stay away from 12 North Vancouver businesses, he can't possess a cellular phone and has to stay away from alcohol or drugs.

North Vancouver RCMP Corp. Richard De Jong says the conviction sends a strong message that anyone who thinks using prank calls as a means of entertainment may soon find themselves in trouble with the law.