There are lots of embarrassing ways to get busted for a crime. You could flee police only to get attacked by an alligator, or you could accidentally lock your victim in their own gun closet to predictable results. Dumber still? Butt dialing 911 as you're in the midst of a robbery.
Last week, either Nathan Teklemariam and Carson Rinehart, both 20, pocked dialed 911 as they were about to go on a minor crime spree. The conversation started out innocently, if still incriminatingly, enough, with the two discussing their desire to get stoned. “I just want to smoke weed so bad right now,” one of them said as the emergency dispatcher in Fresno, Calfornia. listened in.
The drug talk was enough to keep the dispatcher on the line, and after a half hour or so, the conversation turned from smoking weed to burglary. “Get the bolt and give me the hammer just in case,” one of the two suspects said. Shortly after, the dispatcher heard a window break, and the two started shouting that they'd found prescription drugs.
As the two suspects left the scene, the dispatcher passed along clues about their location to police, who eventually located the duo and pulled them over.
"He's right (expletive) behind me dude," one suspect said. "He's following the (expletive) out of me, bro!"
Police officers searched the car, eventually finding the prescription drugs and other stolen items. Both Teklemariam and Rinehard were arrested and charged with burglary, conspiracy and possession of stolen property.
A spokesperson from the Fresno Police Department told ABC News that the case was a first. “There have been times where the dispatcher hears something like this, but never has a call come in before a crime being committed and staying on all the way to the end,” Sgt. Jaime Rios said.
As for Teklemariam and Rinehard, they were as surprised as anyone once they learned how they were caught.
“This fool really called 911?” one of the suspects said. “Damn.”
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