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. (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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