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Police call 'Ma' on dropped cell phone, ID suspect

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[August 19, 2010]  ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Thanks a lot, Mom. Police seeking a man accused of breaking into an elementary school said they identified the suspect by calling "Ma" from the contact list of a cell phone he dropped as he fled.

A police report said officers responding to an alarm at an elementary school in Athens in northeast Georgia arrived in time Monday to see a man running through the cafeteria and out the back door.

Police failed to catch the man, but say he dropped his cell phone as he ran.

According to the report, officers picked up the phone, searched the contact list and called a number marked "Ma." They say a woman who answered gave them her son's name.

The suspect wasn't immediately identified.


Information from: Athens Banner-Herald,

[Associated Press]

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