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This pair has given the term “mobile phones” new meaning.

A Modesto couple is in jail today after attempting to steal two Sonora area pay phones last night.

Tuolumne County Sheriff Lt. John Steely says 35-year-old Johnny Curtis and 38-year-old Grace Haire tried to pull the pay phone out of the ground with a chain near the 49er bakery in east Sonora. They were unsuccessful getting the phone off the mounting pole.

They then drove their Mustang to the Dog House where the pair yanked the phone out and tossed it in the back of their car. Sheriff deputies caught up with the pay phone perpetrators on Highway 108 at the Indian Rock Center. Steely says the two were booked on grand theft, attempted grand theft, conspiracy, vandalism and drug charges.

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