‘Pocket dialing’ — a cop’s best friend

Two guys in Fresno made headlines this week when one of them accidentally “pocket dialed” 911 while they were breaking into a car to allegedly steal prescription drugs and other things.

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An alert dispatcher stayed on the line and listened to the crime in progress, honed in on the phone’s location and sent a squad car out to catch the startled criminals.
Apparently, this isn’t a rare, quirky thing. It happens a lot. The second video below reports that one-third of calls to 911 dispatchers some from inside someone’s pants.
Before viewing the videos, consider other ways in which criminals are more consciously stupid. This story talks about one who posted his alleged deeds on Facebook. He’s not alone, either.
What’s wrong with these people? Does the criminal mind have no respect for the concept of not getting caught these days?
Here’s a video about the Fresno guys:

And, just to prove my statement that this sort of thing happens all the time, here is a news report from a couple of months ago about a meth deal that was exposed in a similar manner.
For criminals, a phone can be a pain in the rear.

About the Author

Jay Evensen

Jay Evensen is the Senior Editorial Columnist for the Deseret News. He has 32 years of journalism experience covering politics and a variety of other assignments at news organizations ranging from United Press International in New York City to the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Deseret News, where he has worked since 1986. During that time, he has won numerous local, regional and national awards. Most recently, he was given the Cameron Duncan Media Award, given annually in Washington, D.C., by the advocacy group RESULTS, to the journalist judged to have done the most to further the cause of the world's poorest people.

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