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GP
07-10-2009, 04:07 PM
Here's the link to the story: QB Brady vs. Poor Man (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4318919)

BOSTON -- A man who unwittingly stole two flower planters worth $8,000 from behind Tom Brady's Boston condominium said Friday he has to panhandle to pay restitution.

Dennis Paiva told the Boston Herald he scours the streets for trash to sell. He said he took the planters from behind a condominium because they were next to the trash and sold them for $450.

Police caught him on surveillance video. The 61-year-old convicted bank robber, who got out of prison five years ago after serving a 10-year term, said he had no idea they belonged to the New England Patriots quarterback, the Herald reported.

"I saw these two stainless steel metal containers behind a garage next to the trash," Paiva told the newspaper. "Scrap metal was really high at the time so I grabbed them and put them in my truck."

Shortly thereafter, Paiva said he received a call from a Boston police detective.

"The guy mentions I took some flower pots," Paiva recounted for the Herald. "I said, 'I don't know what you're talking about.' He said, 'We got you on the security camera.' And I said, 'Yeah, I took them, but they were out with the trash.' He said, 'You gotta get them back. You don't even want to know who they belong to!' "

Paiva agreed to pay $4,000 restitution to Brady's real estate trust. But he said he can't work after recent surgery so he begs passers-by for money.

Lesson learned: Don't mess with Tom Brady's planters.

GP
07-10-2009, 04:15 PM
There's a full article in one of the Boston newspapers (i haven't read it).

Supposedly, there's more to the story. The planters could have ended up in the alley because they were delivered to the condo, but nobody was home so the delivery man had to leave them by the back gate which is by the dumpster (I suppose). The man saw them, thought they were sitting by the dumpster (so he says) and scooped them up.

There's also some sort of angle that says Brady knows nothing about this, and instead its being handled by the owner of the condo (property owner). So maybe the property owner purchased the planters which were to remain as part of his property regardless of who rents from him.

Marcus
07-12-2009, 01:25 AM
Link (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090711/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_brady_missing_flower_boxes_1)

A convicted bank robber who says he had to panhandle to repay a debt to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has had his debt erased by a local businessman.

Dennis Paiva was ordered by a court to pay $4,000 after selling Brady's expensive flower boxes for scrap metal, mistakenly believing they'd been put behind Brady's Boston condominium as trash in May 2008.

Dan Greenwald, the owner of a Burlington ad agency, said he decided to pay the restitution after reading about Paiva's plight in the Boston Herald on Friday.

Greenwald said it seemed as if Paiva, who says he can't work because of recent surgery, got "the rawest of raw deals."

The 61-year-old Paiva said Greenwald's gift was like "a dream come true."

infantrycak
07-12-2009, 09:32 AM
Dan Greenwald, the owner of a Burlington ad agency, said he decided to pay the restitution after reading about Paiva's plight in the Boston Herald on Friday.

Greenwald said it seemed as if Paiva, who says he can't work because of recent surgery, got "the rawest of raw deals."

Link (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4321250&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines)

HOU-TEX
07-13-2009, 10:01 AM
Flower planters worth $8,000? WTF?!