Police: Man Planning A Burglary Tipped Off Officials After Butt-Dialing 9-1-1

There are many ways to get caught in the act, but one guaranteed method to landing in hot water is calling the police directly and letting them know what you’re planning. Although one man accused of burglarizing homes in New Jersey didn’t mean to bring the cops in on his plan, his backside did all the dialing, calling up 9-1-1 just as he was allegedly discussing his plans.

Authorities say the suspect was clueless to what the prosecutor noted is “commonly referred to as a ‘butt dial’ ” when he was discussing a burglary, reports NJ.com, making the job of the police a lot easier.

The local dispatch center received what appeared to be an open-line emergency cell phone call, the county prosecutor’s office and the town’s chief of police said in a joint statement. When officials started listening in, they say they heard male voices discussing an apparent burglary, but they couldn’t pinpoint the caller’s location.

Later that night, police had a report of a burglary at a residence in the area, with a reported $1,355 in jewelry missing. In the meantime, police had confirmed that the cell phone that made the butt dial had recently been assigned to the 42-year-old suspect.

After another forced entry was reported at a residence nearby, detectives followed the suspect in his vehicle and then stopped him and arrested him. A search warrant for the car resulted in a bunch of loot that police believe was stolen by the suspect, including jewelry, electronics, a hand gun and U.S. bonds worth up to $11,300, as well as burglary tools.

The suspect was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree theft, three counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief, and second-degree burglary in connection with the series of burglaries.

Previously in butt dial news: Court: You Have No Right To Privacy When You Butt Dial Someone

Bungling Branchburg burglar butt dials 911, cops say [NJ.com]

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