The call came from inside the robbery.
A pair of alleged burglars were arrested in Florida last week after authorities say they called 911 for help moving “their belongings” from the residence they were robbing.
After receiving a hang-up 911 call around 6:55 p.m. on Dec. 29, officers in Poinciana responded to a vacant home to find Martin Gonzalez-Garcia and his girlfriend, Ashializ Roldan-Oscasio, in the middle of a robbery, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a press conference Wednesday.
Gonzalez-Garcia, 23, was quickly identified as the suspect in break-in at a nearby Dollar Tree the previous night. He was initially pointed out on surveillance footage by the store manager, who recognized him as a customer who asked about a cell phone and a job application.
“[Gonzalez-Garcia]…may be, like, the dumbest person on the face of the earth,” Judd said.
Both Gonzalez-Garcia and Roldan-Oscasio, 22, were taken into custody and confessed to the burglaries. When asked about the 911 call, Roldan-Oscasio said she was hoping a deputy would help the couple “move their belongings” from the site and drop them off at the airport, where they planned to head to New York, according to authorities.
“We thought she was kidding,” Judd said.
“You’d have to be from New York to do something like that,” he continued, throwing in a dig at the Big Apple.
The department initially mocked the arrest with a meme on Facebook, including the hashtag #NothingSaysRomanceLikeACoupleBurglingTogether.
In addition to unarmed burglary of an unoccupied residence, Roldan-Oscasio was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and cannabis possession. She was released on $6,000 bond on Dec. 30.
Gonzalez-Garcia, meanwhile, faces a slew of other charges, including criminal mischief. He remains in custody on $8,500 bond.
Judd promised residents that Gonzalez-Garcia– who is also reportedly subject to an outstanding warrant in Cleveland, Ohio– would not return to the streets.
“As inclined as New York is to not enforce the law…in Polk County, Florida, we lock you up,” he insisted.