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No need to report these burglars – they pocket dialed 911

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Tracking down criminals is easier when they call the police themselves.

A burglary suspect in the Mankato area called 911 early Thursday – apparently without realizing it.

FOX 9 reports a Blue Earth County sheriff's dispatcher took a call at about 3:45 a.m. and could hear two men talking with each other.

"They obviously didn't mean to call 911. They did it by accident," Sheriff's Department Captain Rich Murry tells KTOE-AM.

The dispatcher overhearing the conversation began to suspect the men were involved in a theft, traced the call, and sent police and sheriff's deputies, Murry told KEYC.

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The dispatcher stayed on the phone with the suspects for more than 30 minutes, with Murry telling the Associated Press the last bit of audible conversation was "I think I see the police," followed by running footsteps.

The men were found hiding at the sheriff's department's firing range, which is across the road from a North Mankato business that had been burglarized. FOX says authorities also arrested a woman waiting in a nearby vehicle.

Law enforcement officers are familiar with all three suspects. Murry tells FOX they are "frequent fliers," adding to the Star Tribune "You can't make this stuff up."

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