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Here's my cell number, call me so I can rob you
'NO ONE COULD MAKE THIS UP' | Police waited at shop for suspect to return, shot him

March 26, 2008Recommend (20)

BY LISA DONOVAN Staff Reporter
He may be charged with trying to rob a West Side muffler shop this week, but no one can accuse 18-year-old Ruben Zarate, who lives near the scene of the crime, of plotting the heist of the century.

His downfall? Handing over his cell phone number to his victims, Chicago Police say.

See, on the first robbery attempt Monday morning at the Mufflers For Less, in the 2600 block of North Laramie, there was no money in the shop's register, employees told the gun-wielding robber. And the safe, well, only the manager had access to it and the manager wasn't going to be in until later.

So, the thief offered up his cell phone number and told at least one employee to give him a ring when the boss got in.

Well, the would-be thief got that second call and returned around noon. He walked in with his gun and, according to police reports, pointed it at a 25th Police District Tactical Officer, who normally works in plainclothes. The officer told the man he was a police officer, but the suspect apparently didn't drop the gun. The officer then fired twice, striking the would-be thief, later identified as Zarate, in the leg. He survived the injury but remained hospitalized at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center on Tuesday night.

Zarate, of the 5100 block of West Schubert, was charged with three counts of attempted armed robbery and one count of aggravated assault to a police officer, the latter for allegedly pointing a gun at the officer, said the Cook County state's attorney's office.

''No one could make this up,'' 25th Police District Lt. Scott Schwieger said.

Still, the chuckle over the cell phone number is tempered by the dangers posed in the arrest.

''We know he's armed and we know he's coming back,'' Schwieger said.

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I saw this on my local news. How stupid do you have to be to do something like this?
We have a park down the street from my house. A 22 year old woman was at the park with her child. Her child was playing on the slides and stuff and came back to his mother and someone had spit on him. The mother heard three teens laughing about it and went over and scolded them. The three of them then proceeded to beat the 22 year old mother before running away.
Some people are idiots!
 

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How do these guys even get this far in life?
 

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Well you can't fix stupid. Sounds like this loser needs to be locked up for his own safety.:eek:
 
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