Understandably shaken and definitely very sore, Carol Galati says she was more mad than she was scared when two men broke into her east-side home Tuesday night.
"I got about right under the light and they walked through the door," she says. "They had a gun pointed at me."
Accompanied only by her dog and her three birds, the 67-year-old widow was face to face with two home invaders, who knew exactly what they were looking for.
"They said, 'Open the 'expletive' safe,'" Galati said, shaking her head.
Little did they know, the safe contained only paperwork and some old costume jewelry.
In fact, Galati hardly ever used the old gun safe, ever since her husband died more than five years ago.
That's why it was almost impossible for her to open when the thugs told her to do just that.
"They got very mad when I couldn't get it open, so I turned around and I said to them, 'You think you're so smart mother %$%$ers, you open it, here's the combination.'"
Frustrated, one of the guys hit Galati in the face and pulled the necklaces from around her neck.
That's when they left and got into the old, but dependable Pontiac parked outside.
"I have a 2000 Pontiac I got in 2001 and the gas gauge has been broke since I got it."
That broken gauge made all the difference because once inside, the thieves thought they were out of gas.
By this point, Galati had already called 911 telling the operator what the thieves were driving.
Within minutes, police were on scene.
The rest, you could say, is poetic history.
"So these smart asses stopped at the corner up here at Golf Links and Pantano. So my car caught em...with the help of the police," she said.
We're still awaiting specifics concerning the arrests in this case, though we're told as many as three suspects were detained in connection with the home invasion.
The case remains under investigation.
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