Couple phoned 911 to get help moving belongings from home they were burgling

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A couple have been arrested after they dialled 911 to get help moving belongings from the home they were burgling (Stock Image) (Image: Getty Images)
A couple have been arrested after they dialled 911 to get help moving belongings from the home they were burgling (Stock Image) (Image: Getty Images)

A couple have been arrested after they dialled 911 to get help moving belongings from a home they were burgling.

Police responded to reports of a robbery in Florida, US, on Saturday after a 911 was made but were met with complete silence, according to Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Officers were concerned and arrived to the home but concluded it was vacant after they were unable to find anybody living there.

However, they soon stumbled upon a male suspect and his girlfriend inside the home after entering through an unlocked door.

Police had been searching for the male suspect after identifying him from security video as a burglar at a Dollar General store in Poinciana, 35 miles south of Orlando, where several items were stolen earlier in the day, the sheriff's office said.

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The female suspect told officers she had called 911 to have them help to move their belongings from the house they were burgling.

They also wanted a lift to the airport so they could spend the weekend in New York, the sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's office said in a Facebook post: "Deputies DID help them with their belongings, and DID give them a ride, but it wasn't to the airport ... it was to the Polk Poke.

Couple phoned 911 to get help moving belongings from home they were burglingOfficers responded to reports of a burglary in Florida after nobody spoke on the phone (Stock Image) (Getty Images)

"And they are welcome to stay there all weekend long. The Polk Pokey is much better than New York anyway."

The male suspect was charged with burglary and theft related to the store and also burglary of a residence.

Furthermore, the female suspect was charged with burglary of a residence.

The burglary comes just weeks after Richard Engle, 61, from Oklahoma, US, allegedly stole a Starbucks tip jar in Edmond.

Engle visited the store after his wife purchased a drink for $1.25 (£1.03) the previous day but was refused a refund and told to contact their corporate office.

The unhappy woman left the store and went to tell her husband, who returned and requested a refund on his wife's behalf.

However, his request was also turned down by staff.

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Engle then waited for one of the baristas to turn their back on him and allegedly took money from a tip jar on the counter.

Police said the suspect was able to take $1 (80p) out of the jar.

The suspect faces charges of robbery and assault.

Liam Buckler

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15.07.2024, 17:44 • Investigation