04/18/2007

Calif. men try to page dealer, accidently call police instead

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

POMONA, Calif. — A pair of Pomona men trying to score drugs instead scored jail time when they paged their drug dealer with the number "911," police said.

Police booked Paul White, 38, and Ryan Ogle, 25, in jail on suspicion of grand theft auto, violating parole, possession of burglary tools and destruction of evidence, officers said.

Police say the men were at 1094 W. Mission Blvd. at 3:06 a.m. this morning when they used a pay phone to page a drug dealer. They tried to tag "911" at the end of the page to emphasize the importance of the transaction.

But something went wrong when they punched in the number. The page went to the Pomona Police Department's 911 dispatch center.

An officer came to the location to check on the incomplete 911 call and saw the two men by the pay phone and a parked vehicle.

The officer checked the license plate of the vehicle and discovered it was stolen from Pomona. Police searched the vehicle and found various burglary tools including saws, bolt cutters and a shaved car ignition key.

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