Knife-Wielding Irish Tourist Avoids Jail in Cannoli Theft
Robert McTernan will be returning home to serve community service
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 19, 2012 10:34 AM CDT
It was a crime of a passionate stomach.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(Newser) – So a knife-wielding Irish guy walks into a Boston pastry shop, takes two cannolis, and ... somehow has avoided jail time: Prosecutors say 25-year-old Robert McTernan admitted Monday in court there were sufficient facts for a jury to find him guilty of larceny for robbing Bova's Bakery in the largely Italian North End neighborhood last Thursday. Authorities say he stole two cannolis worth about $5 while flashing a large knife.

Prosecutors agreed to reduce an armed robbery charge to larceny and offered nine months' probation. A judge ordered him to return to Ireland, where he must perform 50 hours of community service. Prosecutors say if he abides by the conditions the charge will be dismissed.

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Sep 19, 2012 6:54 PM CDT
i understand completely. cannoli, rum cake and chocolate eclairs. the desert after hot italian sausage w/ peppers and onions on the grill. salivating even now.
Sep 19, 2012 6:02 PM CDT
I think this would be a different story is this was a Mexican lad looking for some sugary treats...
Sep 19, 2012 1:52 PM CDT
Wow the cannoli(s) on that guy. Those must be some top of the line pastries to warrant theft and risk of jail time. We are talking serious cannoli. Good think he didn't have a Guinness craving, that would have landed him in jail.