Minnesota Burglary Suspects Arrested After Pocket-Dialing 911

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Two burglary suspects were arrested in the middle of a robbery after one of them accidentally pocket-dialed 911 and a dispatcher overheard them discussing the crime.

Todd J. Weiss, 31, and Justin G. Evans, 38, were arrested at the scene of an attempted burglary around 4:45 a.m. on April 1.

A 911 dispatcher first got a call and a hang-up, said Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell.

Then another call came in from the same number, and the dispatcher heard someone having a conversation about where police would be and the dangers of being caught.

"If it goes off, they are right across the street," the suspect said, according to the charges.

Schnell said it was "pretty clear based on some of that conversation that this was a burglary.”

The dispatcher could see the location of the call: a car repair shop on White Bear Avenue and County Road D. 

When officers arrived at the scene, they found the two men in dark clothing. One was holding a television and the other a box.

The suspects dropped the objects and ran. Police ordered them to stop, then released police dogs.

The door to the shop had been pried open, and the owner claimed several items were missing.

According to police documents, Weiss refused to speak without his attorney, and Evans claimed he had taken more than a dozen Xanax and "appeared to be under the influence of the substance.”

Schnell praised the dispatcher.

"It was a very heads-up dispatcher," he told the Pioneer Press.

Sources: Star Tribune, Pioneer Press