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Three members of robbery crew nabbed for stealing $5 million in cash and valuables from bank vaults in New York City

July 27, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Three members of robbery crew nabbed for stealing $5 million in cash and valuables from bank vaults in New York City

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Three members of a sophisticated robbery crew, including the son of a murdered organized crime foot soldier for the late John Gotti, were arrested on Tuesday morning after robbing $5 million in cash and valuables from the vaults of several New York City banks.

The group includes 44-year-old Michael Mazzara, 40-year-old Charles Kerrigan, and 36-year old Anthony Mascuzzio, the ” target=”_blank”>New York Daily News reported.

The trio reportedly used a gas welding torch to rip through the banks’ roofs and vaults.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office, the criminals allegedly stole money and personal items, such as jewelry and baseball cards, many of which were valuable heirlooms.

On April 8th, an HSBC Bank branch in Borough Park, Brooklyn was targeted by the group between 1:45 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. The crew burned a hole through the roof, then snipped the wires from inside before the bank closed, and even cut the bank’s telephone wires from a Verizon utility box over a block away. The suspects proceeded to clean out the safety deposit boxes, which contained $330,000.

The crew also hit the Maspeth Federal Savings Bank branch in Maspeth, Queens on the weekend of May 20th.

Bharara said in a statement, “The thieves stole not just people’s money, but their memories too.”

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton compared the crimes to the Al Pacino and Robert De Niro movie, “Heat,” saying that, “the work of a crew that was well organized, meticulous, and elusive to law enforcement.”

The group faces charges of conspiracy to commit bank burglary and bank burglary charges for the audacious heists.

Sanford Talkin, Mazarra’s lawyer, told the Daily News that his client continues to “maintain his innocence.”

Kerrigan’s lawyer declined to comment on the case.

Mascuzzio’s father, John Gotti’s associate Anthony “Shorty” Mascuzzio, was murdered back in 1988 during a fight at a West Side Manhattan nightclub. His son was released from federal prison in March 2015 after doing time for selling weed.

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