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Man hears own name on scanner

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<http://www.chippewa.com/articles/2008/05/23/news/doc4835aea3bc407485694860.txt>

A Wisconsin perp gave police a phony name. The phony name was that of a local scannerist. Busted!

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I too have heard my name on the scanner. About a year ago I was in the car with a friend and a call came out on the scanner. It was in the area I was in. Left the area as I was doing anyways and two cops got behind me. They left and went on because my car didn't match the description. They did tell another cop my cars description and to check me out. He got behind me and ran my plates but I knew the cop very well and he knew I had nothing to do with it and basically said so over the radio. So he didn't pull me and turned around.
 

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AZScanner said:
LOL! I heard my own name on a scanner once too, but unfortunately it really was me having my license run after getting pulled over for speeding. :(

-AZ
You too huh. Though computer terminals in the cars have all but made that a thing of the past. :( Still hear names, but not as often.
 

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I DIDN't hear my name on the scanner onetime. I was eating my lunch in my car, sitting on a side street, listening to the scanner. It was a nice high spot. Next thing I know, a cop car pulls in behind me. "What are you doing?" "Eating my lunch, and listening to the scanner" "I guess you heard me coming" "Nope, I was just listening to the fire channels" :)

He ran my license and said "You are leaving now - right?" I said "yup".

This was before 9/11.

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I DIDN't hear my name on the scanner onetime. I was eating my lunch in my car, sitting on a side street, listening to the scanner. It was a nice high spot. Next thing I know, a cop car pulls in behind me. "What are you doing?" "Eating my lunch, and listening to the scanner" "I guess you heard me coming" "Nope, I was just listening to the fire channels" :)

He ran my license and said "You are leaving now - right?" I said "yup".

This was before 9/11.

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Eating your lunch and listening to a scanner is illegal?
 
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'Being a suspicious person in a neighborhood, likely a burglary lookout' is what you're going for, here.

Technically, not illegal, but the cop would like to know if 'lunch is over' and you're leaving, or he's going to be getting calls about the suspicious character for hours, at the least.
 

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Eating your lunch and listening to a scanner is illegal?
Eating lunch, probably not, but in some states, listening to your scanner in a vehicle is. Kentucky, Indiana, DC, NY, and I believe Michigan come to my mind pretty quickly.

I did hear once that my house (exact address) was on fire. Seems smoke from one neighbor (across street) burning leaves had my house obscured and another neighbor (behind me) called the fire department. BTW they are appreciated for being concerned.
 
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Eating lunch, probably not, but in some states, listening to your scanner in a vehicle is. Kentucky, Indiana, DC, NY, and I believe Michigan come to my mind pretty quickly.

I did hear once that my house (exact address) was on fire. Seems smoke from one neighbor (across street) burning leaves had my house obscured and another neighbor (behind me) called the fire department. BTW they are appreciated for being concerned.
I was aware of the scanner laws being different in some states...was wondering since zerg didn't provide his location. If it wasn't illegal to have a scanner in his car, SkipSanders' explanation makes a lot more sense.
 

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I am in Massachusetts. AFAIK it is not illegal to have a scanner in a car in Massachusetts.

It was a residential neighborhood - a dead end / cul de sac - I didn't see anyone around. There must have been someone in one of the $500K homes. (Maybe they thought I was an IRS agent :). I had a little red new 4 door sedan with a black Radio Shack magnet mount antenna on the roof. The cop didn't seem to be especially perturbed with me at all.

I didn't like being hassled - but what are ya gonna do?

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