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Parolee Linked To Armed Robbery Weeks Before Woburn Officer Shooting

By Kathy Curran, WBZ-TV
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A surveillance picture from an armed robbery at Shop N Save in Stoneham in November 2010. Authorities believe it is Dominic Cinelli, the same man who shot and killed a Woburn police officer. (credit: CBS)

A surveillance picture from an armed robbery at Shop N Save in Stoneham in November 2010. Authorities believe it is Dominic Cinelli, the same man who shot and killed a Woburn police officer. (credit: CBS)

STONEHAM (CBS) — Taking a close look at surveillance photos sources tell WBZ-TV Dominic Cinelli was back to his old ways a month and a half before he gunned down Officer Jack Maguire outside this Woburn Kohls during an exchange of gunfire after a jewelry heist.

WBZ-TV’s Kathy Curran reports.

The I-Team has learned the career criminal released by the parole board in 2009 was the same man who wore a hoodie when walking into a Stop N Shop in Stoneham in November and allegedly forced two employees to the back of the store at gunpoint during a brazen robbery.

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A surveillance picture from an armed robbery at Shop N Save in Stoneham in November 2010. Authorities believe it is Dominic Cinelli, the same man who shot and killed a Woburn police officer. (credit: CBS)

The Woburn Police Chief wouldn’t discuss many details during a press conference condemning the parole board’s decision but said, “There’s reason he might have been involved and knowing his past history I don’t think that’s the only thing he’s been involved with.”

But sources tell us Dominic Cinelli was the gunman and the supermarket that was targeted was where 19-year-old Scott Hanwright, who’s accused of being by Cinelli’s side during the Kohl’s robbery, worked.

Word of other crimes by the parolee comes as we learn more about what happened during Cinelli’s 2005 hearing where the parole board first voted to keep him behind bars.

During that hearing a board member stated that the level of crime Cinelli was capable of was pretty disturbing. Dominic Cinelli replied, “I cannot deny it; I cannot erase it. I’m sorry for it. I just home I can prove not only to myself but to other people I’m not that person.”

Cinelli failed miserably in the end.

Sources tell us he may also be linked to other recent robberies in the area.

Web Extra: 2005 Parole Hearing for Cinelli

Another important note that came out of the 2005 parole board hearing, Cinelli admitted he continued abusing drugs for 20 years while he was in jail.

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