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article imageThieves caught after accidentally calling 911

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By Lynn Curwin     Dec 17, 2011 in Crime
Madison - A couple of thieves in Wisconsin made things easier for police when one of them accidentally pocked-dialed 911 and then talked about what they had stolen and where they were going with the items.
Jason Hamielec, 29, and Brian Johnson, 28, are accused of stealing DVDs and computer games from a Target store Tuesday afternoon.
"When the two men got into the SUV, following the retail theft, one of them “pocket dialed” not just any number, but 911," said a Madison Police Department incident report.
"So as they yakked, jawed, and chortled about all they had done, a dispatcher was listening in - via an open cell phone line - and providing officers with a play-by-play."
The Associated Press reported that the dispatcher listened to the men for about an hour.
One of the arresting officers said the men bragged about what they had stolen and where they could get the best price for the goods. They discussed how police would be looking for a blue Dodge Durango without licence plates, so they decided to put the plates back on.
When they drove into the parking lot near the Video X-Change, where they planned to sell the merchandise, a couple of police cars were waiting.
When police with guns ordered them to put their hands up one of the men asked if they had tapped his phone.
"Both men were dumbfounded by how police knew exactly where they would be," states the police report. "The officer receiving the question perhaps didn’t have the heart to tell him how the bust went down."
One of the officers checked the phone, which was still on and pressed "end call." The phone showed the call had lasted 54 minutes.
The men were charged with retail theft and released.
An article on Digital Journal earlier this month reported that the majority of accidental 911 calls are believed to be "butt dials."
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