• Boston police arrest two in spree of robberies


    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Police have arrested two men who they believe are connected to a spree of robberies that took place over a period of 24 hours.

    Richard Puopolo, 27, turned himself in to police Sunday night. Later in the night, a police officer on patrol in Chinatown identified and arrested 43-year-old Carlos Venable for his alleged connection to the robberies.

    Both men were charged with unarmed and armed robbery. Puopolo was also charged with possession of Class E drugs.

    The robberies began at around 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon and ended about the same time Sunday afternoon. The suspects hit up a Starbucks, two 7-11 stores, and three other convenience stores. All of the robberies happened just miles apart around the North End neighborhood of Boston.

    Officials say in two of the robberies, the men claimed they were armed. In one instance, they reportedly used a broken glass bottle as a weapon.

    No one was hurt, but the men did take off with some cash. Police say one of the suspects changed outfits during the crime spree.

    Venable was held on $20,000 after his arraignment in Boston Municipal Court on Monday. His bail in a previous assault case was revoked. Puopolo was held on $1,000 bail. Their next court date is scheduled for Jan. 22.

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