An area man was caught breaking into a vacant home near Sidney Tuesday night when he called 911 on his cell phone.
Douglas Wolaver (pictured), 40, of Piqua, entered a residence in the 500 block of Miami River Road around six o'clock.
The Shelby County Sheriff's Office responded after Wolaver "butt dialed" 911.
Authorities found footprints in the snow and a broken out window.
After deputies entered the residence, they heard Wolaver's cell phone beeping because of a low battery.
Wolaver came out of a bathroom and surrendered.
He said he was searching for scrap metal.
Wolaver was charged with a fifth-degree felony count of breaking and entering, then lodged in the Shelby County Jail.
The cell phone was in Wolaver's front pocket.
Deputies recovered a screwdriver, pliers, vice grips, a flashlight, a ski mask, and gloves.
Sheriff John Lenhart said, "It was a great day for technology and a bad day for the burglar."
Lenhart said the last time his deputies had to work this hard to solve a burglary is when the suspect left his wallet behind.