A Tennessee sheriff's department got an early tip-off about a burglary — when the alleged robbers accidentally called 911 themselves.
Early in the morning of April 1, Hawkins County (search) 911 dispatchers got a call from a cell phone and overheard two men discussing plans for a burglary they were about to commit, reports the Kingsport (Tenn.) Times-News.
The conversation went on, and on, and on — 40 minutes, so long that by the end of it, deputies were already in position and one suspect could be heard saying, "When that cop moves, we'll go in."
Arrested at a mobile-home dealership in Rogersville were Jason Anthony Arnold, 29, and James Keith Benton, 38, both of nearby Church Hill.
Sheriff's deputies who observed the entire incident say the pair broke into a trailer and took out a refrigerator, then waited for an unnamed accomplice to pick them up.
Deputies closed in and nabbed the two after a short foot chase. Their alleged accomplice is still at large.
Picked up at the scene was a cell phone, which officers think was what did the hapless duo in.
"We found the cell phone in the creek, which we believe belongs to Mr. Arnold, and it's the kind with the numbers exposed," said Detective Eve Jackson. "Apparently with this type of phone, if you hold down the number nine, it automatically dials 911."
"So Mr. Arnold's phone was in his front jeans pocket, and somehow the number nine got pressed," she explained, "and Central Dispatch heard everything they said."
Investigators were examining the cell phone's memory and the transcript of the 911 call to figure out the accomplice's identity.
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A West Columbia, Texas, 911 operator took a call recently — only to hear heavy breathing on the line.
"At first I thought somebody was in trouble and couldn't talk," dispatcher Janice Azbell told the Houston Chronicle.
Then she heard someone ordering someone else around.
"Lay down! You know what that means!" the speaker repeated several times.
Azbell feared she might be listening to a holdup in progress, or even a murder, but then realized that the heavy breathing wasn't human.
She yelled and whistled into the phone until someone picked up the other end and confirmed what Azbell suspected.
A dog had accidentally called 911 when he knocked over the phone.
"He was fine," Azbell said. "He just didn't want to go to bed."
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A woman's apartment was cleaned out, and cleaned up by a burglar, police said.
According to police, the woman returned home Thursday after being away for a week and discovered her television, computer and other items missing. The burglar had also helped himself to food and booze.
But this was not a thoughtless thief.
Police said the rear sliding glass door, which the woman had left open, was closed and locked when she returned. In addition, "clothes and dishes had been washed and dried," according to the police report.
Police Capt. Karl Leonard said it's possible the burglar knew the woman was going to be gone for a while and may have decided to take up residence in the interim.
"They probably didn't want to stay in a dirty apartment,' said Leonard, calling the case "very, very unusual."
"We've had burglaries in the past where people have fixed themselves a sandwich," he added. "But nobody's ever done the wash."
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Three men got into a lot of trouble when they appeared to have more spare change than they could handle.
The men, ages 18, 19 and 20, rolled a water cooler jug full of coins into a Union State Bank (search) on March 22 to cash in the money, police said. Inside was $1,800 worth of coins.
"I don't know how they got it out of the trunk," said Henry Wegter, the bank's vice president and branch manager.
The men couldn't lift the jug to the counter, so the bank gave them bags to help get it to a coin sorter. Someone at the bank later called police to tell them about the strange episode.
Police believe at least one of them stole the jug on Tuesday from a home.
The three men were arrested the following day in a parking lot. Inside the suspects' vehicle, police found a handgun, ammunition, a small amount of cocaine and marijuana, said Lt. Tod Dahle.
MORGAN HILL, Calif. (AP) — A suspected burglar thought he was in for a big haul when he broke into a Morgan Hill woman's home last month and made off with a jug full of coins.
But the haul turned out to be a little too big.
Sixty pounds in coins was too heavy for alleged burglar Michael Espinoza Jr., who transferred them into a duffel bag before ditching them altogether.
Police caught up with Espinoza and booked him on a felony burglary charge.
They recovered the coins and are still counting them for the report.
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Twenty years after losing her wallet, along with $177 and her Social Security card, Lisa Tonks finally has it back.
Tonks lost the wallet during a family trip in 1985 to Jackson and Yellowstone National Park (search).
The wallet was turned over to police, but without more information, and because the case was considered a minor one, it collected dust on a shelf along with other old evidence, including drug paraphernalia and weapons.
Jackson police technician Tom Turcol decided to reopened the case using a police computer network and some investigative know-how.
He traced the Social Security number to Tonks, of Peru, Ind.
"She was quite surprised," Turcol said. "She figured it was gone and that's that."
Compiled by FOX News' Paul Wagenseil.
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