Arizona teen's mobile shops him to cops
Rings 911 while owner boasts of theft
An Arizona teen was cuffed after his mobile phone rang the police while he was boasting about the theft of a car stereo, the Phoenix New Times reports.
The unnamed 16-year-old, from Peoria, was recorded "bragging to his homies" by local law enforcement operatives, who heard him say of the stereo: "It was bolted down - I had to rip it out. It took all my energy to lift it out of the car."
Police used signal triangulation to roughly locate the loudmouthed youth, and a squad car subsequently "found the kid with a stolen car stereo in his hands", according to spokesman Mike Tellef.
Tellef explained that the young scallywag was "released to the custody of his parents or guardian and written up for felony vehicle burglary, which will be prosecuted in juvenile court".
What's not clear is exactly how the perp's crime-busting phone came to alert the authorities in the first place. The Phoenix New Times suggests it may have been a one-touch button programmed to dial 911, or simply a case of very bad accidental multiple-button-pushing luck.
For the record, the device in question "may be a stolen Cricket phone". On the recording, the lad's chums are heard "lamenting that it's not a BlackBerry". Bless. ®
The Phoenix New Times has the recording available here.
Re: Somebody then tipped off the local cops.
Dean H. wrote:
>If the phone (and perp) were located via the phone network, the cops had to be on to the call while it was in progress, not after.
No, I don't think so. While a mobile phone (cell phone) is switched on, it registers itself with surrounding cells. A call does not have to be in progress for this to be used to track the device by triangulation.
"Aha, the police will never catch me" (dialing...)
this is great
Right up there with the guy who stole some unidentifiable electronic device only to discover it was some sort of monitoring equipment featuring GPS that gave a constant update on its precise location.