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Irish tourist charged with cannoli holdup in Boston
Salem News ^ | 9/15/12 | Salem News/AP

Posted on 09/17/2012 7:48:00 AM PDT by raccoonradio

A tourist from Ireland apparently couldn’t wait to get his hands on an Italian pastry in Boston.

Prosecutors say just hours after 25-year-old Robert McTernan landed in Boston for a two-week vacation, he entered a bakery in the North End, a largely Italian neighborhood. They say he grabbed a knife and demanded a cannoli from an employee.

The worker at Bova’s Bakery handed McTernan the pastry made from creamy ricotta cheese wrapped in a crunchy shell, then called police at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

Officers found the Newbridge, Ireland, resident in the kitchen and arrested him on an armed robbery charge. Police could not find the knife.

McTernan pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. He was granted $2,000 bail and ordered to surrender his passport.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: boston; cannolis; crime
Leave the knife. take the cannolis. (Trivia: ex-FBI agent John Connolly, who conspired with Whitey Bulger, was Irish but nicknamed "Cannoli" by his co-workers for the way he dressed...)
1 posted on 09/17/2012 7:48:05 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio; Andonius_99; Andy'smom; Antique Gal; Big Guy and Rusty 99; bitt; Barset; ...

Leave the knife. Take the cannolis.
2 posted on 09/17/2012 7:49:22 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

“Leave the gun. Take the cannoli” Fat Clemenza.


3 posted on 09/17/2012 7:51:41 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

Classic line!


4 posted on 09/17/2012 7:54:44 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

I’m guessing you already sent this in for Police Blotter fax Friday?


5 posted on 09/17/2012 7:57:30 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: raccoonradio
25-year-old Robert McTernan landed in Boston for a two-week vacation
"Five passengers set sail that day
For a three hour tour, a three hour tour."
6 posted on 09/17/2012 7:59:09 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: raccoonradio
Oh, I thought he held the place up with a loaded cannoli. It could happen. Saw a woman try to rob a store with a curtain rod the other day on the dumbest criminals show. Times ARE hard when criminals can't even afford a decent gun. Obama will probably still keep that voting block, though, just watch.
7 posted on 09/17/2012 8:01:39 AM PDT by throwback (The object of opening the mind, is as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: raccoonradio; DManA
Improvised, too. He was only supposed to say "Leave the gun." in the script.

Many good actors with quite a few improvs that greatly improved the movie.

8 posted on 09/17/2012 8:04:51 AM PDT by Lazamataz (RAGE MONKEY RULEZ!!!)
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To: massgopguy

No but I’m posting it for those who do! Don’t know if it may get read before then (by Michelle today or Howie after today)


9 posted on 09/17/2012 8:06:45 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: Lazamataz

I like the version where Sonny gasps “Hey, where’s my change?”


10 posted on 09/17/2012 8:12:42 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Romney/Ryan 2012)
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To: Lazamataz
Many good actors with quite a few improvs that greatly improved the movie.
Can't argue - GFer is my favorite movie ........... but the book is even better.
11 posted on 09/17/2012 8:18:58 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: throwback

Zinka Milanov once stabbed Leonard Warren with a banana during Act II of Puccini’s “Tosca” at the old Met because the prop man forgot to put the trick knife on the table....


12 posted on 09/17/2012 8:19:16 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("On the ascent of Olympus, what's a botched bar or two?" -Artur Schnabel)
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To: raccoonradio
cannoli’s so good, their worth getting shived over.

there's a commercial in there somewhere.

13 posted on 09/17/2012 8:25:04 AM PDT by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: raccoonradio

‘at’s me Congresscritter ~ Geribaldi Cannoli


14 posted on 09/17/2012 8:26:40 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: V_TWIN

did he pop a cap into the counterman’s foot like
chrissy moltisanti?


15 posted on 09/17/2012 8:27:58 AM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: RitchieAprile

Hey Ritchie, Janice says hello. LOL


16 posted on 09/17/2012 8:38:51 AM PDT by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: oh8eleven

There’s actually an audiobook version where instead of one narrator like what you normally get, it’s almost like a play with different people doing diff. roles. Kinda livens it up. I got it from audible.
I had read book many yrs ago


17 posted on 09/17/2012 8:54:31 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono; Daffynition

"ALRIGHT! NOBODY MOVE! THIS IS A ROBBERY!!!

18 posted on 09/17/2012 9:02:06 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: raccoonradio
The worker at Bova’s Bakery handed McTernan the pastry made from creamy ricotta cheese wrapped in a crunchy shell, then called police at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

I'm having a cognitive dissonance problem here. I don't have much experience with Boston, being a Westerner, but are bakeries there open to the public at 3:30 in the morning?

19 posted on 09/17/2012 9:02:32 AM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: raccoonradio

Thx - I’ll look for it.


20 posted on 09/17/2012 9:28:46 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Bernard Marx
I'm having a cognitive dissonance problem here.

Hey, no problem, me too, but I don't know if I'd call it "cognitive dissonance". More like plain confusion.

It might be that the workers show up really early to start making a fresh batch for the morning rush. Regardless, given the hour and national origin of the perp, I got a feeling that alcohol was involved. Given that it was the (did I mention Italian?) North End, the guy's lucky he got out alive. If one nephew or cousin of one of the workers had happened by, that guy would have gotten a canoli up the colonoscopy. If he was lucky.

21 posted on 09/17/2012 9:40:28 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (AGWT is neo-lysenkoism.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Bova’s is 24/7. Love that place.


22 posted on 09/17/2012 9:50:02 AM PDT by torchthemummy (Calvin Coolidge - "Patriotism is looking out for yourself by looking out for your Country.")
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To: raccoonradio
Bob's obvious motive here was to have his tourist visa extended by about....10 years.
23 posted on 09/17/2012 9:50:19 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama's Reelected Imagine The Mess He'll Inherit!)
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To: a fool in paradise

24 posted on 09/17/2012 9:50:45 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: torchthemummy

Thanks for the 411. Still think alcohol was involved, and the guy is really lucky the server’s boyfriend did drop in at that hour.


25 posted on 09/17/2012 9:57:53 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (AGWT is neo-lysenkoism.)
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To: raccoonradio

Clemenze had it right - take the cannolis...


26 posted on 09/17/2012 10:07:09 AM PDT by GOPJ (first they came for those clinging to their guns and religion, and I did not speak out....)
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To: Bernard Marx

this particular bakery is open 24/7


27 posted on 09/17/2012 12:00:25 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: rockabyebaby

Aha! That makes sense, thanks. I imagine lots of “proper Bostonians” get the “early morning munchies.”


28 posted on 09/17/2012 12:07:50 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: raccoonradio

Now the bakery can say people will come all the way from Ireland and go to jail just to have their pastry. Such a deal!


29 posted on 09/17/2012 12:10:16 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Bernard Marx

The “North End” is always crawling with people, before/after hockey/basketball games, there are street festivals, farmer’s markets, it’s quite the place to be. Some of the best Italian food is there. Some of Boston’s news anchors live in the North End and those people are up all hours of the day and nite so it’s nice to have a place to grab something to eat on the way to work or on the way home at whatever ungodly hour!


30 posted on 09/17/2012 12:12:38 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: raccoonradio

“Hand over the cannoli or I’ll introduce you to Mr. Shillelagh!”


31 posted on 09/17/2012 12:20:47 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: rockabyebaby

I don’t think it’s there anymore but I used to go to the European.
The Anguilo HQ were on Prince St (got wiretapped)

Wiki.:”Angiulo later headed up Boston’s underworld from the 1960s to the 1980s. He and his brothers ran the criminal organization out of Francesco’s Restaurant at 98 Prince Street in the North End, the neighborhood in which he grew up.”

From Howie’s 8/31/09 column, as repro-ed here on FR
>>Who says the Boston FBI office is worthless? At least they recorded all these “Doghouse Tapes” of Boston Mafia underboss Gennaro Angiulo. For three months in early 1981, the G-men were taping everything that was being discussed in Angiulo’s North End headquarters at 98 Prince St.
Let’s go right to the transcribed adventures of the late Gennaro Angiulo as he muses on Mafia matters great and small, but almost always profane.
Upon hearing of the passing of one of his loanshark victims: “He can’t be dead. He owes me $13,000!”
On bringing in outside help: “I am sending for Vinnie and his partner, Fat Vinnie.”


32 posted on 09/17/2012 12:52:57 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

The European has been closed since at least 1998 or earlier! They had damn good pizza, we would go there all the time when we were in Boston, that was THE place to go.


33 posted on 09/17/2012 1:10:37 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: RitchieAprile

“chrissy moltisanti?”

Or as his girlfriend called him...”criss-ta-fuh”


34 posted on 09/17/2012 3:58:59 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Socialism only works...in Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they have it." - RR)
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To: rockabyebaby

Yes...one time I was in Boston with a friend and it was either St Patrick’s Day or the Sunday nearest to it. Wanted to go to the Black Rose for brunch but a sign said “no Sunday brunch today” they had music instead. So we wound up celebrating the holiday at...the European! Italian, Irish, whatever...


35 posted on 09/18/2012 12:15:32 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio; All

Update on Leave the knife take the cannolis

Cannoli thief avoids getting creamed by justice system
By Laurel J. Sweet | Wednesday, September 19, 2012 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Local Coverage

A pastry plunderer’s just desserts won’t be too hard to swallow, thanks to a North End bakery’s owners, who decided against exacting sweet revenge.

Irish tourist Robert McTernan, 25, admitted Monday in Boston Municipal Court there were sufficient facts for a jury to find him guilty of larceny under $250 for robbing Bova’s Bakery on Salem Street at 3 a.m. Thursday of two ricotta-cheese cannolis valued at approximately $5 while allegedly flashing what terrified employees described as a large knife.

The blade was never recovered. Prosecutors agreed to reduce a charge of armed robbery to larceny and offered nine month’s probation in exchange for his admitting to the cannoli caper.

Jake Wark, spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, said Judge Thomas Horgan banned McTernan from returning to the bakery and ordered him to return to Ireland in the custody of his parents, who flew to Boston to collect him. In addition, McTernan, who Wark said has no criminal history in his native country, must perform 50 hours of community service in Ireland and undergo treatment for substance abuse.

“If he abides by those conditions and does not reoffend for nine months, we will dismiss the charge,” Wark said.

Had a jury convicted McTernan of larceny, he could have faced up to one year in jail.

Ralph Bova, whose family has owned the sweet shop for 85 years, said: “I’m just glad no one got hurt. That was my main concern. You don’t know who you’re dealing with at that hour of the morning.”
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1061161395


36 posted on 09/19/2012 11:00:24 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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