It's hard to understand how anyone can possibly butt-dial in the age of auto-locking smart phones, but here we are. A burglar called 911 while allegedly discussing his plans to rob New Jersey homes last month, a conversation that police listened to with great interest.

According to, dispatchers received a call on July 27, and listened in as two men discussed their plans to rob a home. Later that day, police received a call from homeowners reporting that $1,355 in goods had been stolen from their house in a fashion eerily similar to the one earlier described.

The butt-dial was traced back to 42-year-old Scott Robert Esser, who authorities then located and followed as he drove his silver 2002 Toyota Camry from Elizabeth to Stafford Township in Ocean County. They lost sight of him briefly when he exited his car, which police later determined was during a time he was allegedly robbing a home.

Esser was pulled over on Garden State Highway. A search of his vehicle revealed miscellaneous pieces of jewelry, for the vehicle was obtained and it resulted in the seizure of miscellaneous pieces of jewelry, electronic devices, a Playstation 4 gaming system, a .38 Caliber handgun, U.S. Bonds worth approximately $11,300.00 and burglary tools, the news site reports. He is being held in the Somerset County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash-only bail.