Car thieves ‘pocket dial’ 911 in midst of heist

Car thieves ‘pocket dial’ 911 in midst of heist

Cell phone in pocketFor most cell phone users, “pocket dialing” — activating one of the phone’s pre-programmed hot keys with your gluteus maximus — is more of a nuisance than anything else. But for a couple of druggies/car thieves in California, an unintended seat-of-the-pants phone call was a one-way ticket to the slammer.

Fox News Insider notes that Nathan Teklemariam and Carson Rinehart​, both 20, were busted on Friday by Fresno police after a 911 dispatcher received an unusual call that consisted entirely of background conversation.

911 callIt didn’t take the dispatcher long to realize that the callers weren’t so much in danger as they were up to no good, so he continued to listen in. In a recording obtained by, one of the suspects can be heard saying, “I just want to smoke weed so bad right now.” This is followed soon after by the sound of breaking glass. Then comes the declaration “They’re narcos yee-ah,” meaning the pair had scored prescription drugs.

Ultimately, the dispatcher was able to get a fix on the pair’s location and sent out a patrol car. But he continued to monitor the call, which netted this gem:

  • Suspect 1: He’s following the [expletive] out of you, bro.
  • Suspect 2: Wow, what the [expletive] did I do?

The men face charges of breaking and entering, possession of stolen property, and conspiracy.

In case you’re wondering whether this is a first in the annals of police work, it’s not — by a long shot. ABC News reported in April 2012 that a car thief in Washington state butt-dialed 911 while staging a break-in not once, not twice, but on four separate occasions.

Related Articles

Follow me on Twitter or join me at Facebook.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


For your convenience, you may leave commments below using Disqus. If Disqus is not appearing for you, please disable AdBlock to leave a comment.