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Three men plead not guilty for string of hollywood-style bank heists in NYC

September 2, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Three men plead not guilty for string of hollywood-style bank heists in NYC

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Three men, including the son of a murdered member of the Gambino family, pleaded not guilty to charges on Wednesday in Federal Court in connection with a string of sensational Hollywood-style bank heists in Brooklyn and Queens.

The crew of bank thieves, identified as 44-year-old Michael Mazzara, 40-year-old Charles Kerrigan, and 36-year-old Anthony Mascuzzio allegedly ripped through the roof of banks and broke into the vaults with a gas welding torch, to steal $5 million in valuables, according to Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

Once the three men made their way inside, the suspects ransacked the vaults, stealing money, jewelry, and even valuable baseball cards. Many of the stolen items were heirlooms, Bharara said in a statement following their arrests.

Michael Mazzara was walked out along with the two other suspects in Manhattan. (MARCUS SANTOS)

Michael Mazzara was walked out along with the two other suspects in Manhattan. (MARCUS SANTOS)

Anthony Mascuzzio, one of the three suspected bank robbers. (ANTHONY DELMUNDO/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

Anthony Mascuzzio, one of the three suspected bank robbers. (ANTHONY DELMUNDO/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

Charles Kerrigan (c.) one of the three suspected bank robbers. (ANTHONY DELMUNDO/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

Charles Kerrigan (c.) one of the three suspected bank robbers. (ANTHONY DELMUNDO/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

According to the New York Daily News, The group hit a Borough Park, Brooklyn HSBC Bank on the weekend of April 8th. They subsequently then targeted a Maspeth Federal Savings Bank branch in Maspeth, Queens on the weekend of May 20th, officials said.

Following their arrests in July, William Bratton, the outgoing NYPD Police Commissioner, said the robberies were like a real-life depiction of the Al Pacino-Robert De Niro movie “Heat.”

The commissioner further described the string of bank heists as “the work of a crew that was well organized, meticulous, and elusive to law enforcement.”

Mascuzzio’s father, a one-time John Gotti foot soldier named Anthony “Shorty” Mascuzzio, died in a dispute at a West Side nightclub back in 1988.

According to court records, his son was released from federal prison back in March 2015 after a prison sentence for selling weed.

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