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Flynn: City’s Response To Robbery ‘Extraordinary’

BOSTON (CBS) – Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn says there are no new leads in the break-in at his home in South Boston last week. But he’s been overwhelmed by the support from neighbors, friends, and city residents.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports

Flynn and his wife were at a funeral mass the morning of March 24th. When they came home, they found their house was ransacked.

Flynn, who served as Boston mayor from 1984 to 1993, said the thieves grabbed everything of value, including cash, a laptop, collectible coins, jewelry, and a solid gold cross that Pope John Paul II gave him.

They also stole letters he’d received from former Presidents Reagan and Clinton and correspondence sent to him by John Paul II, Mother Teresa, Tony Blair and former South African president Nelson Mandela shortly after he was released from prison.

Flynn, 71, was the U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican from 1993 to 1997.

“We haven’t heard anything additionally since the break,” he told Jon Keller during a taped interview for Sunday’s “Keller @ Large” on WBZ-TV.

“It’s devastating. You hear about it, but you never really understand it until it happens to you.”

Flynn said the one item he really wants back is his grandmother’s wedding ring.

Despite what happened, he said there is a silver lining.

“The response Cathy and I have received from the neighbors and from people across the city, I mean, I have to tell you, it’s extraordinary. I never would have expected it,” Flynn told Keller.

“The outpouring of support and affection from the people of the city on this issue is far greater than anything I’ve ever experienced in my almost 50 years of politics.”

You can watch Keller At Large on WBZ-TV News, Sundays at 8:30 a.m.

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