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Man who stole fake leg charged with meth conspiracy

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man, who police say skipped out of paying for a prosthetic leg, has been arrested.

Police say Rigoberto Zarazua-Rubio was arrested March 9 at an Omaha, Neb., apartment and charged with conspiracy to sell methamphetamine.

Pottawattamie County, Iowa, Sheriff Jeff Danker says Zarazua-Rubio was jailed on suspicion of being in the country illegally. That's when authorities discovered he was wanted on a warrant for the theft of the leg.

Police say Zarazua-Rubio was measured and fitted for the leg at a Des Moines business in 2005. They say he picked it up to test for a few hours but never returned to pay for it.

Police say the leg was confiscated and will be returned to the store.

 

 


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Ray Shapiro April 1, 2009 | 12:12 a.m.

[Sheriff Jeff Danker says Zarazua-Rubio was jailed on suspicion of being in the country illegally. That's when authorities discovered he was wanted on a warrant for the theft of the leg.]
I also read somewhere that most illegals come into our country solely for a leg-up. (It might've been in the Farmer's Almanac.)

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Ray Shapiro April 1, 2009 | 3:10 a.m.

"Man who stole fake leg charged with meth conspiracy"
And now when he goes to court, he won't have a leg to stand on.

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Ray Shapiro April 1, 2009 | 3:14 a.m.

[That's when authorities discovered he was wanted on a warrant for the theft of the leg.]
Not reported here was that this was his second theft. Last time he pulled a hand job.
(At least that's what I read in the Farmer's Almanac.)

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Ray Shapiro April 1, 2009 | 3:24 a.m.

A Des Moines man, who police say skipped out...
They say he picked it up...
--The surveillance camera shows that he actually hopped away from the scene of the crime.
(Des Moines police chief refused to comment on how the perp actually escaped with just one leg. At least that's what I read in the old F.A.)

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Charles Dudley Jr April 1, 2009 | 6:33 a.m.

ray shapiro April 1, 2009 | 3:24 a.m.
A Des Moines man, who police say skipped out...

I wonder if he was whistling "skip to my lou" on his way out the door?

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isabella zarazua May 10, 2011 | 8:45 p.m.

OMG that is my father im so freaking happy i finally found him omg omg omg :'^) this is the first time i get to hear about him sence i was 1 my mom was like wow and i was all happy we was searching him and i found him YAY well actully boooo for what he did !

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Paul Allaire May 10, 2011 | 9:05 p.m.

But was he armed? If not, how will he cover the legal expense?

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