Gilbert Man Sets Car on Fire With Firework. Bad Move -- Car Actually Police "Bait Car"

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When the Gilbert Police Department parked a "bait car" near 950 North Gilbert Road Sunday night, they probably thought they'd nab someone trying to steal a stereo, or maybe even the car itself. But 18-year-old Anthony Rubio upped the ante: he burned the car to a crisp.

According to court records, about 10 p.m. Sunday, Rubio stole an iPod and a small solar panel from inside of the vehicle as it sat parked on a Gilbert street.

It's unclear if police were monitoring the vehicle, and if so, why they didn't arrest Rubio when he stole the iPod, but they probably wish they had -- because Rubio wasn't done.

A few hours later, about 2:40 the following morning, Rubio approached the car again, only this time he didn't take anything out of it, he put something in: a firework.

Rubio, probably not realizing the car, out of which he had just stolen the iPod, was actually a cop car, threw a lit firework into the open window of the car and walked off. The firework didn't just explode, it set the car on fire.

From the arrest report:

THE LIGHTED FIREWORK SUBSEQUENTLY CAUSED THE CAR TO CATCH ON FIRE CAUSING MAJOR INTERIOR DAMAGE. THE INTERIOR WAS COMPLETELY
MELTED TO A CRISP. THERE WAS ALSO MAJOR DAMAGE TO THE EXTERIOR OF THE CAR WHICH CAUSED IT TO BE CHARRED.... DAMAGES TO THE CAR ARE ESTIMATED TO BE APPROXIMATELY $10,000.

Rubio was arrested a short time later. He copped to everything -- stealing the iPod and solar panel, and throwing the firework into the car.

Rubio's been charged with one count of arson, two counts of theft, and one count of possession of explosives.

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3 comments
TVGeekRay
TVGeekRay

There will always be those people who do things that are bad and destructive. It's a shame that a car had to be wasted to get this person put away. I don't understand how some people just don't value other people's property. Luckily I work for Dish Network and one thing that makes me feel better after reading an article like this is watching the show Bait Car on truTV in HD. You see people in the act getting caught, and generally they try and make some excuse or lie thinking they will get let go. This gets them off the street and gives for some interesting entertainment.

Brewer Sucks
Brewer Sucks

Kudos to the idiots at the state capitol who passed the new AZ fireworks law. It didn’t take long for our local juvenile punks to use these over the counter fireworks as a weapon.

So, how belong before carjackers threaten to take you car by brandishing fireworks that burn at thousands of degrees and tossing them into the back seat with your children.

Hey Brewer - thanks for being a shithead.

Rob
Rob

great. finally we can "legally" buy fireworks in AZ and now this asshat comes along...though, I'm curious if the firework was one of the lame ass varieties legal for sale here...

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