December 30, 2008

Police: Car-strippers called 911

Police in Middletown, N.Y., said three alleged car-strippers were caught in the act and arrested after one of them accidentally dialed 911 on a cell phone.

Investigators said one of the thieves inadvertently dialed the emergency number while the phone was in his pocket and a dispatcher overheard the three alleged thieves -- identified as Andre Pryce, Fabian Croley and Xavier Jenkins -- talking about taking the car's tires, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

The criminals actually called the police department accidentally and conversations were heard by the dispatcher, Middletown Sgt. Jay Tobin told the New York Daily News.

Police said the dispatcher used Global Positioning System technology to track the location of the three suspects and they were found in the process of stripping cars.