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Suspects Butt Dial 9-1-1 During Alleged Burglary

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(FRESNO, Calif.) -- Accidentally butt dialing someone is embarrassing or inconsequential to most, but for two Fresno, Calif., men, their cell phone mishap landed them in jail.

The call, which went to 911, started like any other call to the police dispatcher, with the operator asking, “What is your emergency?”

But when no one answered, the operator didn’t hang up, instead staying on the line and listening to the pair, who police identified as Nathan Teklemariam and Carson Rinehart, both 20, as they talked about wanting to do drugs. It wasn’t long before the conversation turned to breaking into a car.

“Get the bolt and give me the hammer just in case,” one of the two voices on the phone said.

Shortly after that statement, the dispatcher heard a window shatter and the people on the phone started yelling that they found prescription drugs.

As the two were driving away, police were already in the area searching for the men based on clues that the 911 dispatcher was feeding to them.

The police finally tracked the suspects down and pulled them over. The suspects acted confused and questioned what why they were being pulled over, police said.

“Oh, he’s following me, dog,” one of the suspects said in the recording. “Wow, what the [expletive] did I do?”

As they were being questioned, the suspects allegedly denied any wrongdoing, but after searching the car, police said they found items that allegedly were taken from the burglarized vehicle.
After being cuffed, the suspects were finally told how they were caught.

“This fool really called 911?” one of the suspects said. “Damn.”

“I have never heard of something like this,” Sgt. Jaime Rios of the Fresno Police Department told “There have been times where the dispatcher hears something like this, but never has a call come in before a crime being committed and staying on all the way to the end.”

Rios said the suspects are being charged with burglary, conspiracy and possession of stolen property.


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Apparent ‘Butt Dial’ to Oregon Police Leads to Drug Bust

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOLALLA, Ore.) -- A “butt dial” – an accidental call made without the caller’s knowledge – can result in an overheard conversation and maybe some awkwardness if the wrong thing gets said.  But in a recent Oregon case, the call was beyond awkward: It may have been incriminating.   

Raleigh Reynolds, 25, was arrested on felony drug charges Monday after an apparent “butt dial” to the Molalla Police Department during what the dispatcher believed was a drug deal.

“There have been a lot of laughs about it,” Molalla Sgt. Chris Long told ABC News. “Our job isn’t usually that easy.”

The emergency dispatcher tracked the phone’s GPS signal to an alley next to a local bar, which was located 100 yards from the police department, Long said.

Long added that there were two people on foot nearby, both of whom denied having a working cell phone. The on-scene officer spoke loudly so that the dispatcher could confirm she could hear him through the cell phone.

“In the 13 years I’ve been doing this, I have never had anyone butt dial a drug deal,” Long said. “We have had a lot of people butt dial, which is serious because it can tie up the 9-1-1 system.”

Inside a nearby vehicle believed to belong to Reynolds, the officer found some methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana, police said. The woman who was with Reynolds had the cell phone in her purse, police said.

Reynolds was jailed on multiple drug charges, released on bail, and is currently awaiting a court appearance. Attempts to reach Reynolds were unsuccessful and police did not know whether or not he had an attorney.

The woman with Reynolds was cited with a violation for less than an ounce of marijuana.

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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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