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Suspect Tapes Himself Accidentally, Police Say

September 8, 1989

ASPINWALL, Pa. (AP) _ A suspect left some evidence behind when he accidentally taped a telephone call in which he asked his father to give him a ride home from a house he had burglarized, police said.

Police used the tape as evidence Tuesday when they arrested Paul Caliguiri of Pittsburgh in the burglary and another break-in the same day, Police Chief William Eckert said.

Caliguiri, 24, was charged with burglary, theft and receiving stolen property. His father, Albert Caliguiri, was charged with hindering apprehension.

After someone reported a suspicious person outside, police used a dog to search the apartment complex and found a home had been ransacked, the chief said. The suspect apparently had fled to a nearby home, where he telephoned his father, apparently unaware he had turned on the machine’s tape recorder.

″On the tape, he addresses the man he’s called as his father,″ Eckert said. ″He says, ’It’s Paul. The police are chasing me. Come get me.‴

The burglar filled a suitcase with items from the house, including the answering machine, but after he left, he dropped the suitcase nearby, Eckert said.

The next day, the homeowners played the tape and turned it over to police, Eckert said.

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