Some burglars in Roswell, New Mexico, accidentally reported their own crime to police when investigators say one of the thieves “butt dialed” 911. (story continued below video)
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An alleged burglar recently called police and made an unintended confessional regarding himself and others responsible for the crime. He just didn’t know he was doing that. In fact, he didn’t even know he had made the call.
One of the suspects accidentally and unknowingly dialed 911 on his cell phone and, not realizing the call had been made and connected to a dispatcher, carried on a conversation with a couple friends, speaking about the crime with the phone close enough for the dispatcher to listen in.
The unintended 911 call, which lasted more than 45 minutes, came in to dispatch the evening of Sept. 29. The dispatcher could hear a conversation involving possibly two men and a woman in which one of the men was describing breaking into a residence and stealing something, which was later discovered to be a flat-screen TV valued at $4,500.
The discussion even included a mention of the address of the burglary, as well as a description of part of the residence where, investigating officers later discovered, entry was apparently made. In addition, the conversation heard on the phone included talk of another house where the stolen TV was stashed. Officers were dispatched to check on the house mentioned in the surprise 911 call and they found the house in the 300 block of East Hervey Drive had indeed been burglarized.
One of the men in the conversation heard on the phone described what the group was talking about as involving the first thing he ever really stole. Meanwhile, the woman involved in the discussion was heard to say the burglarized house was where one of her family members lived. The house would turn out to be the residence of the mother of the woman who was later arrested, along with two men, for the burglary.
The dispatcher was able to identify the 911 call as coming from the area of the 100 block of Monksdale Drive, numerous blocks to the south of the burglary site. The call also showed as coming from a phone number registered to Aaron Burrell. Being advised by dispatch of the information, officers went to the Monksdale area to try to locate Burrell. With the description of a vehicle driven by Burrell and an officer’s prior knowledge from a previous encounter, Burrell was eventually located outside a residence in a nearby mobile home park.
Police spoke with Burrell and his wife, who is not charged in connection to the burglary, and identified another man who was at the residence as Marvin Myers. While there, an officer heard Burrell’s wife say, “Is this because my husband’s phone went off again? His phone dials 911 every once in a while.” It remains unknown exactly how Burrell’s phone accidentally dialed 911 in this instance. Later Burrell would try to deny it was his phone that connected to 911 that day the dispatcher – who was able to track the call to Burrell’s phone – heard the conversation.
He claimed his phone was picking up a conversation among people in an adjacent vehicle who were speaking very loudly.
Burrell, 37, and Myers, 30, both of Roswell, were arrested last week on the burglary charge. The woman involved, Yvonne Thyberg, 35, of Roswell, was arrested on the burglary charge a week earlier while she was already in jail for another crime. The case against Myers has since been dismissed by the district attorney. Burrell and Thyberg remained in custody this week at the Chaves County Detention Center, with Burrell held on a $10,000 cash-only bond and Thyberg on a $5,000 surety bond.
The stolen TV has been recovered, and where it was found, investigators also discovered other items believed to be stolen during other burglaries. An arrest warrant has been issued for another man believed to be involved in those burglaries.
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