Monday, May 20, 2013

Crook's cell phone calls 911, dispatcher picks up the clue

Thanks, I got the 911 call

Government heroes at work.  Of course this story could never happen in Pacifica. 

San Francisco Chronicle/Associated Press, 5/20/13.  "California suspects accidentally dial 911 during crime."

"FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Two suspects arrested for breaking into a car in Central California accidentally called 911 on a cellphone, which led police to them.  KXTV in Sacramento reports ( ) a dispatcher was able to hear a rambling 35-minute conversation between the men as they discussed buying drugs and what implements to use to break into vehicles in Fresno.

The dispatcher listened in as the suspects smashed a car's window and found prescription drugs. The men drove off, but the dispatcher picked up clues about where they were headed. A police officer pulled them over and arrested the two 20-year-olds. At the end of the call the men learned how they were caught. One of them can be heard asking, "We really called 911?" 

Posted by Kathy Meeh


Anonymous said...

I'm going to interpret that comment added in orange as a reference to the fact that our dispatch services are provided in SSF rather than as a slur to our public safety professionals.

Kathy Meeh said...

No slur intended, Anonymous 4:21 PM. The government heroes are 1) dispatch, 2) police.

The story referred to is the suspects getting caught, the result of an on cell phone that dialed 911 and picked-up the crime conversation in process for 35 minutes, oops!

Sure this story could happen in Pacifica or any other city. I was just getting a jump on the Anonymous who sometimes comments, "what does this have to do with Pacifica?" Some stories are universal. Thanks for asking for clarification.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

But Kathy, what does this article have to do with Pacifica?