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Westfield Police: Man Stole Cigarettes Because He Wanted to be Arrested


WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Westfield Police have arrested a man who they say stole a pack of cigarettes because he wanted to go back to jail.

Westfield Police Capt. Hipolito Nunez says that 40-year-old John Kirwan of Springfield went into the Cumberland Farms on Main Street around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday and asked for a pack of cigarettes.

Nunez adds that the employee went to hand the cigarettes over to Kirwan when he allegedly pulled them out of the employee’s hand and fled out of the store without paying for them.

Officers responded and found Kirwan a short time later at a bus stop, at which time, Kirwan reportedly admitted to stealing the cigarettes.

Nunez explains that Kirwan told investigators that he was on probation and wanted to be arrested.

Kirwan is facing a charge of shoplifting and is expected to be arraigned Wednesday in Westfield District Court.

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  • Doggone

    Give him his wish, of course it’ll be a contuance of his probation and he’ll be back on the streets until his crimes get more serious.

    • vidiot

      Um no idiot, he will get a minimum of 30 days for violation, and possibly far more if he has to finish a sentence.

    • Xira

      Or we could just give him a shack and some food. People like this don’t want to be in jail, they are just trying not to starve.

      It would be _MUCH_ cheaper, not to mention more humane, to simply give people the bare necessities of life. Prison is very expensive.

  • Fed up in CO

    No he will get free dental care to take care of a tooth that hurts, then get his parole.

    • Regretta

      Um no stupid, he will not. The waiting list to have a tooth pulled (the ONLY care available) is 2 years, the average stay is less than 2 years. They get little to none. Nor do they get AC, a gym, or all the other stupidity you are about to post, all lies. Liar or just ignorant? Which is it?

      • Poff

        Regretta you are a huge a$$ clown

        • AL

          You like ass too, don’t you? You are a liar and an asshole, and we all know it now.

          • Poff

            Wtf are you talking about dumb shit?

      • Yoyo

        So angry!! Relax a bit!

        • Prison beatch

          GRRRRRRR! lol

  • Paablo_speaks

    The positive part about this story is that there’s a good chance that somebody at jail kept his bed warn in his absence.

  • http://batman-news.com Jason Vorhees

    What a BONEHEAD! If he wanted to go back, could’nt he do something more than steal a pack of cigs??!! Seriously!, How about grabbing a female officers boobs or something……….make it worth something!

    • Glo

      He didn’t want to die. He just wanted to go back to jail.