Maplewood Police Chief Paul Schnell says the dispatcher got a call and hang-up, then another call that stayed open.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the dispatcher overheard a conversation about where police were.
Schnell says the calls were made on April 1 using the phone's emergency-call feature. The dispatcher saw the location was a car-repair shop.
Officers arrived to see two men leaving the building wearing dark clothing. One carried a television, the other a box.
The men dropped the objects and ran, but were caught by police dogs. Thirty-two-year-old Todd Weiss of Minnetonka and 38-year-old Justin Evans are charged with third-degree burglary.