Police: Thieves Pocket-Dial 911, Leading to Arrest

December 15, 2011 - 11:02 AM
NYC Subway Cellphones

Gabriel Rivera received, then replied to, a text message at a subway station in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority launched cell phone service in six of its stations in Chelsea on Tuesday. The other 271 stations will get a signal during the next five years. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police in Wisconsin's capital city barely had to try to catch a pair of unlucky suspected thieves.

Madison police say two men in their late 20s stole DVDs and computer games from a Target store Tuesday and discussed their plans to fence the goods while driving away.

Investigators say the duo didn't realize one of them had accidentally pocket-dialed 911. A dispatcher listened in for nearly an hour as they discussed what they had stolen and where they might sell it. Police say they even described their vehicle.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain says the pair decided to sell their goods at a video store. When they pulled into the store's parking lot, officers surrounded their vehicle with guns drawn.