Man allegedly apologized to Starbucks employee
Police said Richard Puopolo, 27, turned himself in to detectives Sunday night “after identifying himself on a surveillance photo posting.”
A second man, identified as Carlos Venable, 43, who is homeless, was recognized by police as a person wanted in connection with the robberies and arrested at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the Theater District.
The team may have struck as many as four convenience stores and one Starbucks in the downtown-North End area this weekend, police said.
The spree started at the Venice Market on Cooper Street in the North End around 4 p.m. Saturday.
About three hours later, a robber matching the same description hit the 7-11 Store off the Greenway.
The pair struck together overnight on Sunday at a 7-11 on State Street. Surveillance photos show the pair milling about inside before the robbery.
Four hours after that holdup, they ended up outside the Starbucks at 2 Atlantic Ave.
Puopolo allegedly told an employee he was robbing the store and demanded the money from the registers. “The barista complied and Puopolo allegedly took the cash before handing two $5 bills back,” the Suffolk County District Attorney said in a statement.
“I’m so sorry,” he allegedly said before fleeing with his associate. “This is for you guys.”
In two of the incidents one of them mentioned being armed, but never showed a weapon. Both men were arraigned Monday.