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    Cambridge 19-year-old arrested for armed robbery of $2.33 lighter

    Cambridge police arrested a 19-year-old man Saturday for allegedly pointing a gun a few days earlier at a store clerk who confronted him for stealing a lighter.

    Kyree Johnson of Cambridge allegedly took a BIC lighter from a convenience store in Technology Square early in the morning on July 2. He left the store without paying for the lighter, which cost $2.33, according to the police report, and walked across the street.

    The store clerk watched as Johnson lit a cigarette with the lighter and asked him to return the lighter when he was finished, police said. Johnson reacted to the clerk’s mild request by drawing a silver .22-caliber handgun from his waistband and saying, “Come get it, [expletive].”


    The clerk returned to the store and called police. Several Cambridge police units searched the area that morning, but to no avail, the report said.

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    Police returned to the store July 6 to present the clerk with a photo array, and he identified Johnson as the suspect with what he called “2,000%” certainty, the report said.

    Johnson was arrested on a warrant from Cambridge District Court for armed robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon, police said. His bail on another charge was revoked at his arraignment Monday.

    “It was certainly a concern for us,” Cambridge police spokesman Jeremy Warnick said. “Great work by [the detectives] for quickly making that arrest.”

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