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How to Become a Bounty Hunter

Authorities Mistake Canadian Man For Infamous Boston Mobster

Warning to the  James “Whitey” Bulger look-a-likes of the world. Authorities could end up arresting you as Canadian Angelo Plytasas, 69, discovered on Thursday.

The Real "Whitey" Bulger/fbi photo

The Real

Nick Aveling and Alex Cooper
Toronto Star
TORONTO — James Bulger is a man of simple pleasures.
When the 79-year-old bookworm isn’t indulging his passion for history at libraries and historical sites, he can be found walking on the beach with his companion Catherine Elizabeth Greig. Sure, he’s not as healthy as he used to be, but all that exercise keeps him spry.
Which comes in handy, when you’re running from the FBI.
The international manhunt for James (Whitey) Bulger warmed up Thursday, after a tip from Interpol indicated he may be in Toronto. The alleged former boss of Boston’s notorious Winter Hill Gang, and the oft-cited inspiration for Jack Nicholson’s Frank Costello character in The Departed, has been on the lam since 1995.
That’s where he stays, at least for now, after the RCMP came up empty-handed twice Thursday.
RCMP Sgt. Marc LaPorte said officers first went to an address where an Interpol tipster said they would find Bulger. He wasn’t there. They then received a report of a man matching Bulger’s description at a restaurant in Centerpoint Mall near Yonge St. and Steeles Ave. Police arrested the man – 69-year-old Angelo Plytas – in front of his wife and 2-year-old granddaughter.
“It strikes me as an extraordinarily heavy-handed use of police power in the absence of even the most minimal investigation beforehand,” said Scott Fenton, Plytas’ legal counsel.
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