FBI: Bulger tipster saw recent campaign commercial

June 25, 2011 - 2:15 PM

BOSTON (AP) — The FBI says a tipster who led federal agents to the California home to Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger and his longtime girlfriend recognized the couple from a recent TV campaign.

FBI spokesman Greg Comcowich says the tipster called the FBI after she saw the recent commercials that asks people, particularly women, to be on the lookout for Greig.

The commercial says that Bulger's girlfriend, Catherine Greig (greeg), had several plastic surgeries before going on the lam and was known to frequent beauty salons. The 30-second ad ran this week in 14 television markets.

Comcowich says the FBI won't disclose the tipster's identity or say where the tipster called from.

The 81-year-old Bulger is wanted for numerous crimes, including 19 murders. He appeared in a Boston federal court Friday.