Don't you hate it when your accomplice in a heist stands up in the middle and says yeah, he planned the whole thing?

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the home-invasion and kidnapping convictions of a man who, with an accomplice, tied up all the participants in a high-stakes poker game in North Andover, took all the money and fled.

When Santiago Navarro and another masked man tied up all the players, he left Christopher "Shorty" Maldonado's zip tie loose enough that he could easily undo them - not surprising since it turns out Maldonado was the brains behind the robbery. Only Maldonado may not have been playing with a full deck:

Shorty freed himself from his loosely tied zip tie while the robbery was in progress. At that point, Shorty stood up, took the handgun from the defendant, and stated to all the card players present, "Yeah, it was me. I did it. I set it up." The robbery lasted approximately thirty to forty minutes. The defendant, Shorty, and the second masked man left via the backdoor.

In short order, police rounded up the suspects, arrested and charged them.

In its ruling today, the appeals court said Navarro got a fair trial and that his lawyer was not incompetent, so he gets to finish out his 20-year prison sentence.

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31-story luxury tower proposed for Tremont Street across from the movie theaters

The Boston Business Journal reports a newish, but painfully short office building at 171 Tremont, across Avery from the Loews complex, could be replaced by a luxury tower. In completely unshocking news, the architect will be Elkus Manfredi.

No word if the developers plan on calling it something like Tremont on the Park.

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City, feds quietly cook up plans for dense development on large, underused space in Kendall Square

Cambridge Day reports what it knows about possible reuse of the 14-acre Volpe Transportation Center parcel in Kendall Square, which could include zoning for buildings up to 300 feet high. But both the federal government, which owns the land, and city planners, have turned very shy.

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DA: Seven teens beat officers serving a warrant

Updated with arraignment info.

Two brothers were arraigned today on charges they and five younger relatives beat two police officers badly enough to put them in the hospital yesterday, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 11:55

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Guy says he's a cop, threatens to arrest you, but he's not in a uniform and won't show you a badge - what do you do?

A.P. Blake reports on an incident at Market and Mapleton streets in Brighton this morning. He rolled up his window, called 911 and waited until a uniformed officer arrived.

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Gunfire on West Newton Street leaves at least one car damaged

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 00:02

Salem Is Wicked posted this photo from an incident shortly after midnight on West Newton at Tremont in the South End:

Friend's car now part of "active investigation."

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Two guys run down a street, shooting at a fleeing car

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 21:10

Police are looking for the two teens witnesses said fired guns as they ran down Harrow Street in Uphams Corner shortly after 9 p.m., and the white car they shot at as it turned onto Humphreys Street

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