May 6, 2011 -- Nearly every year there's a new crop of bizarre 911 calls: the woman who called dispatchers to get a refund when McDonald's ran out of chicken McNuggets, or the man who complained a cousin had stolen his PlayStation.
But this year, some chatty 911 callers felt compelled to tell dispatchers a different kind of story: how they broke the law.
Man Tells Dispatchers a Drug Dealer Shortchanged Him
Dexter White, 41, called 911 in April to say a drug dealer owed him $40. He claimed he had paid $60 for some crack and was only given $20 worth. So he offered to wait by a payphone until the cops could arrive and help him out.
Listen to audio of White's 911 call.
According to the police report, the cops eventually did meet him -- and after White told them he had purchased crack, they arrested him for disorderly conduct.
Home Intruder Calls 911 -- Fears Homeowner
Timothy James Chapek, 24, from Portland, Ore., called 911 in March from a woman's bathroom to report that he had broken into her home.
Listen to the audio.
"I just broke into a house and the owner came home," he told the dispatcher.
"You … you broke into a house?" the dispatcher asked in disbelief.
Chapek went on to explain that he didn't know where he was, just somewhere "up in the hills."
When the homeowner, Hilary Mackenzie, returned home she found Chapek in her bathroom with the door closed. The dispatcher, who was on the phone with Chapek, overheard Mackenzie ask, "Why are you in my house taking a shower?"
"I broke in, I was kidnapped," he told her, adding: "I've already called. They're on the phone right now," almost as though he was reassuring Mackenzie not to worry.
The bewildered homeowner called the police from her porch and officers arrived to escort Mackenzie off her property. He was charged with a misdemeanor for criminal trespassing.
Suspects Accidentally Call 911 While Planning a Crime
Last month a group of alleged criminals in Clay, N.Y., were discussing their planned break-ins when one of them accidentally "pocket-dialed" the police.
The men now face grand larceny and stolen property charges.
Man Inquires About Penalty for Pot Plant
Growing pot is illegal, regardless of whether it's one plant or 100. Robert Michelson, 21, of Farmington, Conn., found this out the hard way when he called 911 to ask "a legal question" in February.
"I was just growing some marijuana, and I was just wondering what, uh, how much, you know, trouble you can get into for one plant," he said.
Listen to the audio here.
"Depends on how big the plant is," the dispatcher said.
"It's only a seedling," he replied.
"Well," she said. "It's possession."
"Ok. All right. Thanks for the info," Michelson said.
Narcotics officers went to Michelson's home and found marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Lt. Marshall Porter of the Farmington Police Department told WTNH, "It's a first. I can't say I've ever had this happen before." Porter said Michelson told officers he did it because he "wanted to make his mother angry."
Michelson was booked and released on $5,000 bail.