ST. PAUL, Minn. - Police in Maplewood say an accidental pocket-dial led to the arrest of two suspects in the burglary of a local business.
Ironically, it happened just before 5 a.m.on April Fools' Day. Dispatchers say they received a hangup 911 call before fielding a second call from a cell phone that was left open. The dispatcher heard two voices discussing a burglary targeting a Maplewood business, and sent squads to the location of the phone, which was Larsen's Auto/Meineke Car Care at White Bear Avenue and County Road D.
Police say the calls were made using the phone's emergency call feature.
Squads arrived at the shop and saw two men exiting the business carrying a TV and another box. When officers yelled at the suspects to stop they dropped the stolen goods and fled on foot through a fence and into the parking lot of a nearby apartment building. Canines chased after the suspects and apprehended them. Police soon identified the two as 34-year-old Todd Joseph Weiss and 38-year-old Justin Grant Evans of Savage.
Both Weiss and Evans were taken to Regions Hospital for injuries suffered during the apprehension. While Weiss refused to talk, Evans allegedly told investigators that he had taken approximately 15 Xanax and appeared under the influence. He denied being inside the business and instead claimed he was having relations with his girlfriend.
Investigators processing the crime scene found a door had been pried open. The owner said several items had been taken, including the TV and box recovered by police.
A search of their records reveal that both men have previous convictions for burglary.