Official: Ruse about storage unit lured Bulger

AP News
Posted: Jun 24, 2011 8:19 PM
Official: Ruse about storage unit lured Bulger

FBI agents lured Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger out of his Santa Monica, Calif., apartment earlier this week by telling him someone had broken into his on-site storage unit.

A law enforcement official who requested anonymity because of the ongoing investigation told The Associated Press on Friday about the scenario that led to the arrest of the 81-year-old fugitive and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. The pair had been living in the coastal city for most of their 16 years on the lam.

The official said Bulger walked out of the apartment, was arrested without incident and consented to a search of the premises.

Inside agents found $800,000 in cash, more than 30 firearms, including pistols, rifles and shotguns, several types of knives and a variety of false identification cards.