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Car Thief Nabbed After Pocket Dialing Police

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- The phenomenon of pocket dialing has landed another criminal behind bars.

Seattle Police say last month, an emergency dispatcher received a 44-minute, apparently accidental 911 call on which two men could be heard "casing" cars to steal.

The Seattle Times reports cops weren't able to pinpoint the source of the call, but had a general idea -- and it happened to be where a Toyota 4-Runner was reported stolen.

Four days later, they received two other accidental 911 calls from the same number. On one, the callers described the same vehicle that had been stolen. Another accidental call led an officer to a stolen Honda.

A fourth 911 call, occurring on April 1, led cops to a car parked at an apartment and 40-year-old Wesley Strom -- whose phone number allegedly matched all four calls. The suspect, who had an outstanding warrant against him, told responding Officer Eric Stevens his cellphone, "sometimes called 911 for no apparent reason."

Strom remains behind bars in lieu of $70,000 bail, the paper reports.

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