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Suspect sought in $80K Covelli robbery

Published: Thu, February 11, 2010 @ 12:05 a.m.

By David Skolnick

The robbery occurred four days before the Harlem Globetrotters show.

YOUNGSTOWN — The armed robber who held up an employee for the Covelli Centre’s food and drink vendor got away with about $80,000 and is still at large.

The amount of money taken from the Boston Culinary Group’s office manager during the Jan. 26 robbery was confirmed Wednesday by Youngstown Police Chief Jimmy Hughes.

Police are still interviewing people and following up on leads, but no arrest had been made as of Wednesday, Hughes said. He declined to discuss the leads in the investigation.

When asked if the robbery could have involved Boston Culinary employees, Hughes said, “It’s always a possibility it’s an inside job. That’s been my experience [with robberies such as this]. But that’s not to say what happened in this case.”

Eric Ryan, the center’s executive director, previously said: “It was somebody who knew enough about Boston Culinary” to know that much money was at the facility at the time of the robbery.

When told about the $80,000 figure Wednesday, Ryan said, “That’s an incredible amount of money.”

Boston Culinary keeps money at the center, locked away, to use for change and other purposes leading up to events, Ryan said.

There were high school basketball games played at the center a few days before the robbery, and the sold-out Harlem Globetrotters show was four days after the robbery, Ryan said.

While Ryan said he doesn’t know Boston Culinary’s money policies, the amount of cash the company had at its center office was probably in preparation for the Globetrotters show.

Attempts Wednesday by The Vindicator to reach Mark Daigle, Boston Culinary’s local general manager, were unsuccessful.

A 40-year-old Boston Culinary office manager heard a knock on the door at the center about 9:15 a.m. Jan. 26 and opened it believing it was a delivery, police said.

After stuffing the money into a bag, the robber — who had a gun and was wearing a black ski mask — had the victim sit in an office chair. He tied her up with duct tape and locked her inside an office, police said.

She wasn’t hurt during the robbery.

The robber fled on foot and might have gotten into a red Ford Explorer on South Avenue, police said.

It was the first robbery at the center, which opened in October 2005.



1timOthy(802 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

And to think the Police Cheif said Downtown Youngstown is Safer than ever. I don't want to use his crystal ball !

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2vegas226114(9 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Maybe I'm wrong, but why are we just hearing about this robbery now? It is almost the middle of February. Nice to see we're kept informed.

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3dd933(295 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

We were told about the robbery but never that it was that much. I agree with the Chief - the thief knew that much money was there.

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4Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

This was definitely a inside job. Someone knew that much money was there.

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5SWEETEDDIE(35 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Right on,someone knew a little to much for it to be a random robbery,they must not be paying their people enough money who work there..See what happen's when your a cheap employer,,,lol

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6msweetwood(174 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Hey Vegas:

Here is the link to the original online story:


Plus we had an in-depth story in print on Jan. 27, 2010.

Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

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7vegas226114(9 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Oh, I was wrong.

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8Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

"The robber fled on foot and might have gotten into a red Ford Explorer on South Avenue, police said."

All of a sudden the drivers of red Ford Explorers will wonder why they are getting pulled over . By now the thief may very well be in sunny Florida spending the easy money .

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9redvert(2172 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

INSIDE JOB FOR A 1000 ALEX!!!!!!!!!!!!

Actually the thief thought he/she would get 40K but..................................................


Notice I said he/she, we must be politically correct.

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10leaveusalone(103 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

I posted on another article about this robbery last night, but that article seems to have disappeared. So I will repeat my question here: Is there any evidence that there actually was $80,000 on hand to be stolen? Or is everyone going on someone's word about that? If there is an insurance company that will have to pay off on this robbery, you can be sure they will be asking a lot of hard questions about this.

Even if Boston Culinary was preparing for a sell-out crowd, say 8,000 people, (I don't know the actual number, but it is probably in this ballpark), $80,000 would be an excessive amount of cash to have on hand. Something doesn't add up, here.

Is anyone thinking possible insurance fraud?

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