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Cigarette addict sought for Fenway, Back Bay smoke-shop holdups

Wanted for smoke-shop robberies

Surveillance photos of suspect via BPD.

Update: Suspect arrested.

Boston Police report they are looking for a guy who's held up two smoke shops in the Back Bay this week while claiming to have a gun.

The guy walked into the Blue Moon Smoke Shop, 470 Commonwealth Ave. in the Fenway around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, claimed he had a gun and made off with several packs of cigarettes and several hundred dollars in cash. He pulled the same stunt around 9:15 p.m. on Thursday at the Blue Moon Smoke Shop, 324 Newbury St. in the Back Bay, police say.

The suspect is described in both incidents as a white male, thin build, about 40-50 years of age, wearing a blue winter hat, black reading glasses, a green zippered coat, light beige pants, and gray sneakers. He was also carrying a large gray travel bag. The suspect fled towards Boylston Street in both incidents. The suspect stated that he had a firearm, but no weapon was shown.

If he looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-343-5619 or the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or by texting TIP to CRIME (27463).



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55-65 seems more likely, Unless the guy has battled cancer or has a serious substance abuse issue.

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Safe to say he's lived a hard life one way or another.

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Regardless, thievery is thievery.

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Ever see those progressive mug shot galleries of meth addicts? Where they age 50 years over the course of few years of arrests?


Sad, but not uncommon after a couple of decades of hard living.

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or at least the suspect arrested yesterday is 62.


Innocent, etc….

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Doing this repeatedly, with his face on camera, for such a tiny haul makes zero sense even for a drug addict. The risk/reward ratio just isn't there. Best I can come up with is maybe the guy needed cash fast to pay off a mob debt and fears the law less than the mob? Outside that, maybe a manic episode or other mental illness manifesting? Or am I underestimating the baseline rate at which basically healthy people randomly commit stupid pointless crimes?

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Seriously? You've been watching too many Ben Affleck movies.

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I'm picturing two 75-year-old Italian American guys sitting across the street in a 97 Lincoln Towncar waiting for their cash.

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the amount of "The Irishman" that I was able to watch before I got bored and had to quit.

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watch the second half, it's great.

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I doubt it. Not if he’s been smoking for as many years as he looks like he has.

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So this is what you meant when you said you were going out for a pack of cigarettes and never came back...

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