Thieves arrested after 911 'pocket dial'

Dec. 15, 2011 at 5:49 PM

MADISON, Wis., Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Police in Wisconsin said they arrested two men on retail theft charges after one of their phones accidentally called 911 while in its owner's pocket.

Madison police said the "pocket dial" allowed officers to listen as Jason Hamielec, 29, and Brian Johnson, 28, discussed their 5:30 p.m. theft at the Junction Road Target store for about 54 minutes while driving away from the store in their sport utility vehicle, the Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, reported Thursday.

The men, who described their vehicle during the accidental call, were arrested when they arrived at the Video X-Change on Atwood Ave.

Hamielec and Johnson were charged with retail theft.

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