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Burglar busted after inadvertent 911 call

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.

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