Mass. man wanted for targeting victims through online dating site arrested
A man wanted by Keene police for armed robbery that involved trolling social media sites for victims has been arrested.
Michael Bolio, 23,of Leominster, Mass., whose photo was distributed to the media Wednesday, was arrested Wednesday evening in Winchendon, Mass., as a fugitive from justice for a warrant issued by the 8th Circuit Court, Keene District Division, on charges of armed robbery.
Bolio faces additional charges in Massachusetts for both drug and gun offenses, according to Keene police. Bolio has an extensive criminal record in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire, police said, and he is scheduled to appear Thursday morning in Winchendon District Court.
Police are asking witnesses to provide information to Detective Robert Collinsworth or Detective Donald Lundin the Keene Police Department at 357-9820. To remain anonymous via email, go to the department's website at http://www.ci.keene.nh.us/departments/police/anonymous-crime-tips.
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KEENE — A man has been trolling social media sites to find individuals — both men and women — to rob, according to investigators.
Police released photographs of a man they believe was involved in a Dec. 5 robbery of a man at a Tanglewood Estates residence. About 7:45 p.m. that night, two robbers entered the home and held the victim and a friend at gunpoint. They took some property and an undisclosed amount of cash before leaving in an older-model green SUV.
At the time of the robbery, police said the victim knew at least one of the robbers and that the crime appeared to be an isolated incident. However, one of the robbers had set up a meeting with the victim through the online dating social media website pof.com, known as Plenty of Fish.
Since then, investigators believe the man who set up the meeting also has other accounts/profiles on various dating and social media sites, such as Craigslist, using various names in hopes of setting up meetings with people to rob them.
Lt. James McLaughlin said investigators believe the man is responsible for another robbery, but he declined to give details of the case or say how police learned of it.
The man has communicated with a number of citizens who, police said, identified the photographs he posted of himself in his profile as the man they met face-to-face.
McLaughlin said investigators were releasing the photographs of the man in hopes someone will be able to identify him or that anyone else who was victimized will call them.
Police are cautioning all citizens to use safe Internet practices.
Anyone with information about the robbery, is a victim or has other information related to the case, is asked to call police at 357-9820 and speak to Detective Robert Collinsworth or Detective Donald Lundin. To remain anonymous via email, go to the department's website at http://www.ci.keene.nh.us/departments/police/anonymous-crime-tips.