Alleged cannoli thief has to fill time with community service
The Irish tourist who allegedly stole a North End cannoli at knifepoint will not have to face trial if he stays out of trouble for nine months - and performs 50 hours of community service - the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports, adding he can fulfill that requirement back in Ireland.
That should help Robert McTernan, 25, of Newbridge, County Kildare, comply with another part of the agreement - to stay away from Bova's, where he decided he urgently needed a cannoli at 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 13.
The DA's office reports McTernan's father flew over from Ireland to bring him back to Ireland. A spokesman adds that prosecutors agreed to resolving the case without jail time because the Irish Garda told authorities here that McTernan had a clean record, no one was injured in the incident, the monetary value of the stolen cannoli was not great and Bova's agreed to the proposed resolution.
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As long as his community
As long as his community service is back in the old country, I have no problem with this decision. Otherwise...??? What??
What happened to the 2 week vacation?
Wasn't he charged with an armed robbery? Even though it's a first offense [presumably, we don't know what if any offenses he may have committed in the old country] he still got off pretty easy. Pulling a knife on someone and threatening them is not funny, regardless of the fact he may have substance abuse issues. If everyone arrested used their substance abuse problems as an excuse, almost no one would be in jail or prison.
Updated with explanation from the DA's office
Several reasons for letting him go back to Ireland, including the fact that his father flew here to get him.
Can you imagine
the conversation the two of them had on the plane back?
I bet. . .
. . .every other passenger on that plane could tell you all about it.
Bova's agreed to the proposed resolution
One wonders if the actual employee who was threatened with the knife agreed.