June 9, 1997 in Nation/World

Boston Casting Call Nabs Some Bad Actors

Compiled From Wire Services
 

Lights! Camera! You’re under arrest!

Police used a phony movie to make some real arrests on Sunday.

They sent letters to 3,800 people wanted on charges ranging from shoplifting to drug dealing, and invited them to be extras for a movie.

The suspects were told they could make more than $200 a day if they showed up at Boston’s South Station bus terminal on Sunday morning for the filming of “The Rocky Marciano Story,” said policeman Jim Browning.

He said 54 of the 97 people who responded to the mailing showed up.

They were met by policemen posing as employees of the fictitious Crown Productions and escorted onto buses - which took them to police headquarters.

Police were pleased with the outcome of the operation.

“The criminals come to us now,” Browning said.

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