Food & Drink Police & Fire

Take the Knife, Leave the Cannoli

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office tells the story of an armed robbery early Thursday morning at Bova’s Bakery at the corner of Prince and Salem Streets in the North End, all for the love of a cannoli. Fortunately,  no one was injured.

“An Irishman who had just begun his vacation in Boston was arraigned today on a charge of armed robbery for allegedly stealing a cannoli from a beloved North End bakery,” District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

ROBERT MCTERNAN (D.O.B. 7/8/87) of Newbridge, Ireland, was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court today on a single count of armed robbery. Assistant District Attorney Larry Bates requested $10,000 bail. Judge Mark Hart Summerville set bail at $2,000 and ordered McTernan to surrender his passport and stay away from Bova’s Bakery, where the alleged robbery occurred.

Boston Police responding to a call at 3:38 this morning for a person with a knife at the Salem Street scene found McTernan inside the kitchen. McTernan, who had flown into Boston just hours previously for a two-week vacation, allegedly entered the kitchen and picked up a blue-handled kitchen knife, concealing it by placing it against his forearm.

Prosecutors say he then demanded a cannoli, which an employee handed to him before backing behind a counter. McTernan allegedly told the victim to “shush” and placed his finger to his lips.

Police arrested McTernan but were not able to locate the knife during a search of the area.

McTernan was represented by attorney Tom McCarthy. He is expected back in court on Sept. 17.


 All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.