“World’s Unluckiest Burglars” Arrested After Accidentally Calling Police During Robbery
Two ill-fated burglars have been arrested in the United Kingdom after one of them accidentally pocket-dial the police during their crime.
An officer in Staffordshire, central England, Chief Inspector John Owen labelled the thieves the “world’s unluckiest burglars” and likened them to the ill-fated crooks in the film “Home Alone.”
He said one of the pair mistakenly sat on his phone and rang 999, the UK’s emergency number, allowing officers to hear the crime in progress and ultimately listen in on their colleagues arresting the duo.
“I think we have just arrested the world’s unluckiest burglars,” Owen wrote on Twitter.
“Whilst committing a burglary one of the bungling burglars has accidentally sat on his phone & dialled 999. We (received) a call detailing all of their antics up to the point of hearing our patrols arrive to arrest them,” he wrote.
I think we have just arrested the world’s unluckiest burglars:
Whilst committing a burglary one of the bungling burglars has accidentally sat on his phone & dialled 999. We recieve a call detailing all of their antics up to the point of hearing our patrols arrive to arrest them pic.twitter.com/0BZGSQdf0C
— CI John Owen (@CIJohnOwen) January 6, 2021
Chief Insp. Owen also included a gif of the “Home Alone” character Marv, a tall and dim-witted thief who was unsuited for a life of crime.
This is not the first time a set of robbers have mistakenly set themselves up. In 2013, a pair who were breaking into a car in Fresno, California, managed to call police on themselves.
The call handler on duty was able to track them down as Nathan Teklemariam and Carson Rinehart spent about half an hour discussing their plans. The pair were eventually arrested.
Also in 2016, two hapless robbers burst into a McDonald’s in France, only to discover that 11 armed members of an elite paramilitary force, who were wearing plain clothes, happened to be eating inside.