Alleged thieves 'butt dial' their victim, leave voice mail discussing the crime

Dean Ellis Brown and David Ricky Fanuelsen
Dean Ellis Brown and David Ricky Fanuelsen

The digital age presents all sorts of challenges, which two alleged thieves in Key West discovered this week.

David Ricky Fanuelsen, 39, and Dean Ellis Brown, 22, are accused of stealing three saws from their employer, Concrete Solutions, at a job site on North Roosevelt Boulevard.

They got caught after one of them accidentally “butt dialed” the office. The call went to voice mail, which recorded Fanuelsen and Brown discussing how they planned to pawn the tools, Key West Police Department spokeswoman Alyson Crean said.

Detectives interviewed both men, who admitted they stole the saws with the intention of selling them, Crean said.

They each face a felony grand theft charge. As of Friday afternoon, both were held in county jail in Key West, each on a $10,000 bond.