Surprise police officers arrested two men Tuesday night who they say were attempting to rob the Radio Shack in the 12700 block of West Bell Road.

At approximately 10:15 p.m., police said the store manager, who had closed for the night, was in the process of leaving when he realized he forgot something inside the store.

When he re-entered his store, he inadvertently set off the store’s alarm. Police responded and found the men lying in wait, hiding behind a Dumpster at the rear of the store. The two men, identified as Benjamin Kuehl, 19, and Eric Ruiz, 18, both from Phoenix, were found in possession of black ski masks, gloves, empty duffle bags and a simulated semi-automatic pistol, police said.

The two told police that their plan was to rob the store manager as he left with the nightly deposit, police said. Both men were booked into the Maricopa County Jail.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.