"I Just Needed to Use The Phone" And Other Intruder Lies

Chelsea Mitchell Security Resources

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Back on February 1st, Verification Center Operator Kris dispatched Everett Police to a local coffee shop after receiving alarms from the shop’s window at 5 a.m. When police arrived, they found the suspect trying to pry the window open. His reason? “I just need to use the phone.”

The officers weren’t buying it and neither were the shop’s owners. The suspect was booked in jail and finally got access to a phone…for his one call from the clink.

Photo: Our audio detection system picked up someone trying to enter an Everett coffee shop at dawn today. The suspect told the  police that he was only trying to make a phone call-- a pretty unlikely story considering the shop was closed and he was trying to get in through a window. He probably did get to use the phone later... on his ONE call from jail.

Hopefully the person the suspect was trying reach picked up!

The suspected burglars, trespassers and vandals that our verified security systems help catch are often full of excuses.

“I wasn’t going to actually steal anything;”

“I’ve never done this before;”

“I thought the door was open.”

Fortunately, our audio detection alarm systems never lie. Suspicious noise is suspicious noise, and it gets the police’s attention.

If you’re curious about what a break-in sounds like and how audio detection works, you can listen to actual incidents on our website and YouTube channel.