Store’s First Break-Ins In 23 Years Coincide With Arrival Of Occupy Boston

By Bill Shields, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – Linda Capillo doesn’t know why, after 23 years, her small convenience store on Congress Street is being targeted by thieves.

“After they came through the door, I put bars on it,” said Capillo. “Then, they start coming through the window.”

In 23 years, she had never had a break-in at Congress Card & Tobacco on 230 Congress Street. But in the past month, there have been four. Each time, the thieves took nothing but cigarettes, scratch tickets and/or cash.

View Video: Boston police release surveillance video of one of the break-ins on Oct. 9

Capillo isn’t pointing any fingers, but the breaks have coincided with the arrival of the Occupy Boston movement, with the notable exception being first break-in on Sept. 29, the day before the protests began.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports.

“I’d like to think it’s not Occupy Boston, because they represent the struggle of many of us,” said Carla Davis, one of Linda’s regulars.

occupybreakinphoto Stores First Break Ins In 23 Years Coincide With Arrival Of Occupy Boston

Police are looking for these two men responsible for the first break-in on Sept. 29. (Photo Credit: Boston Police)

List of break-ins:

  • Sept. 29 at 12:41 a.m.
  • Oct. 9 at 3:30 a.m.
  • Oct. 11 at 12:40 a.m.
  • Oct. 25 at 5:00 a.m.

Another customer, Bill Mahoney, doesn’t know what to make of it all.

“It does seem a little coincidental, but I hope it’s not them,” said Mahoney.

Linda just wants whoever is breaking in to stop.

“I need to pay my bills, and now my insurance will skyrocket, and I have a family to support,” said Capillo.

A spokesman for Occupy Boston said break-ins are the antithesis of what they’re about.

“We are against any kind of violence or vandalism,” said Alex Ingram. “Break-ins are not what we are all about.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mike Macklin reports

Anyone with information is asked to call Boston police at (617) 343-4248.

No one has been arrested or charged in the break-ins.

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  • Ed Hall

    You should be ashamed of yourselves. This is, very simply, an attempt by a corporation to smear Occupy Boston. I listen to your station most of my waking hours, but if you continue doing this I will stop listening. How dare you!

    • shotime

      Go Home OB!

      • Dpn25

        They *are* home.

    • Enough

      What, report news? You are right, how dare they? And the store owners have no right to tell their stories, how dare they?
      You should be ashamed of your foolish post!

  • Jim_J

    Perhaps Ms. Capillo needs to purchase a video camera to see who is breaking in. They are not very expensive these days and had she had one installed for the first burglary, the second and subsequent ones may not have occurred. The story does not say whether the store has an alarm system. If it doesn’t the owner needs to protect her business by installing one and arranging for monitoring by a reliable company.

    Finally, insinuating that the Occupy Boston people burglarized this store without proof should not be happening. Cigarettes and Scratch-off tickets do not sound like items that the Occupy Boston people would be interested in. Until there is direct proof that one of the Occupy people is involved, I think that WBZ owes them an apology.

    • Linda

      FYI the store has video, alarm and the building has video… attention to the factsand watch the video again..

    • Fonarella

      Ya, heroin and weed are items they’re more interested in.

  • Bob Johnson

    This is a blatant smear article agains Occupy Boston. I’m through with WBZ.

    • shotime

      I guess you’ll be through with all the other local stations, too… since they reported the same news!

  • Kris

    I think everyone is forgetting that, there’s not a heck of a lot going on this neighborhood at night prior to the occupy protests. And consider the Occupy folks themselves have had problems in recent weeks with homeless people pseudo-joining in the protests, stealing things out of the tents, and helping themselves to the freebees that the Occupy people have set up. Then of course the heroin bust in the tent city a day or two ago. Its hard not for this women and WBZ to consider that the break ins are related to these events.

    Wherever there are large groups of people, there’s going to be trouble following it. Sorry it’s just the way it is.

    I’d love to see some facts/numbers from the BPD of Crime in surrounding areas since the OB protests have started. I bet we’d find more than just a few isolated coincidences.

  • GR Quinstien

    Lets see not working unschooled and lazy. Oh and they want us to pay for protction. I say we take back our streets we paid for them.

  • Paul Stone

    This store has been broken into before..the statement that is has not been broken into in 23 years is FALSE!! check the insurance or police reports the last 10 years and you will see that this statemenet is a LIE!!

    • Frank Davis

      Paul, please read the story. Ms. Capillo said that it has been broken into in the last 23 years. Now how do you, the non-store owner, know that this is a lie?
      I’m not blaming OB people for the break-in nor is BZ or the owner. They point out that the day BEFORE and since OB has been in the area there has been four break-ins. Could it be someone using OB as a cover to hide in after they do their deed? Could it be someone taking advantage of the commotion of having this protest in the area? Could it be someone in OB? NO ONE KNOWS!!!! That’s why the cops are asking for help!
      If you’re a OB loyalist then more power to you but don’t take anything anyone says and get this defensive or even accuse people of stuff until we all have the facts. Things happen in life that look like one thing until the light is shown on it. Pray that the light doesn’t expose a dark underbelly on the protests.

  • The Facts

    The ‘Occupy’ movements nationwide are nothing to defend. They are not spontaneous. They were and are very much organized and have big money behind them. Anyone ever hear of George Soros, the liberal billionaire who has made his fortune collapsing currencies around the world??? Wonder why we’re in so much financial trouble right now??? It’s because the US dollar is George’s next target.

    • Frank Davis

      Granted the first steps of “Occupy” could have been a liberal answer to the Tea Party but I think there are some people that have grown tired of the Government “rescuing” everyone else except the taxpayers. And true a lot of the problems could be fixed at the ballot boxes but there is one nagging problem…..the voters. No matter how much we complain about the politicians in this country as soon as we walk into the both the vast majority don’t look to see who will do the best job or have less of an impact on their life. They just walk in and look at the end of the name for the “D” or “R” and vote along party lines. And there lies the problem. The pols beg us for our votes but get into the protective “castles” and do what their parties want them to do. Saving the biggest contributors. It is time for the voters to really wake up and stop listening to the propaganda. Read up on the candidates and vote for the person, not the party, you fell will do a good job. “Occupy” might have woken up some but we’ll see which ones.

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  • Tom M.

    Many of those protesting and sleeping in tents are definately very committed but there are also many amongst them who should defintely be committed to one of our local mental health facilities. I’m just wondering how many of the campers will still be there when 6 inches of snow falls on them.

  • PB87

    I wonder if Ms. Capillo has any idea how often she’s been a shoplifting victim while she’s been yakking on the phone. Whenever I used to go in there, she would be paying more attention to whoever was on the other end of the line and ignoring the customers.

    • Linda

      99 percent of my customers no, not only do I run the store but I also sell Real Estate, which requires alot of time on the phone. Sorry if it upsets you I am trying to make a living. If you really wanted a candy bar you should of just asked I would of given you one for free.

  • YaKnow

    There is no such thing as coincidence.

    • tsal

      I agree and I truly believe that the fact we may see snowflakes in Boston on Thursday night is in direct relation to the Occupy Group being there.

      • Fonarella

        I agree. It’s mother natures way of weeding out the idiots.

  • Ed Hall

    I see that all four break-ins occurred after college students returned to Boston. Obviously the break-ins are the fault of college students.

  • Patrick A

    Mr. Shields and WBZ should be ashamed of themselves for this headline. No proof, coincidental connection that isn’t even that coincidental (the first break-in was before the protest started, meaning…what, exactly? OB stopped in for snacks before setting up?) and a poor poor store owner suffering due to the actions of an organization dedicated to the survival of small business against large corporations (like, hm, CBS, for example) adds up to propaganda of the worst kind. Is it possible an individual connected with OB is robbing the store? Of course; within any large gathering of people there’s the possibility of a bad element. Should that individual be held up as the entireity of the Occupy Boston group? Not at all, and both Shields and WBZ should know better.

  • Bartleby

    You have to actually be freaking kidding me. This is not journalism, this is an out-and-out smear job. The miscreant who committed it should find a real job, and so should any “editor” who allowed this garbage to be published.

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