July 28, 2016
This Week in Gang Land
FBI 'Pole Camera' Unmasks Sophisticated Mob-Linked Burglary Crew In $5 Million Bank Heists
The alleged mastermind behind a pair of spectacular New York City bank heists that netted $5 million in cash and jewelry and other family heirlooms is an old-school mob associate who learned his trade with one of Brooklyn's most notorious Mafia crews.
Michael Mazzara, a longtime Colombo associate who robbed banks with violent members of the Bath Avenue crew of gangsters headed by Bonanno family consigliere Anthony Spero in the 1990s, had become quite an expert about one of the mob's oldest tricks of the trade by time he and two confederates were arrested by savvy members of a joint FBI-NYPD task force this week.
Nabbed along with Mazzara, 44, was Anthony Mascuzzio, 36, whose own mob pedigree stems from his late namesake dad, a John Gotti pal who was gunned down in a Manhattan bar in 1988. Mascuzzio is also connected through marriage with the powerful Genovese crime family. Also arrested was a close Mazzara pal, Charles Kerrigan, 40.
Mob-linked drug dealer Angelo Gigliotti and his father Gregorio both went down very quickly last week, but at least Angelo got to spend the previous 10 months at home with his wife and young son before being sent back to prison to await a sentence of at least 20 years. Dad Gregorio didn't fare as well. He's been behind bars since March of last year awaiting trial on charges of using his Italian restaurant in Corona, Queens to import 55 kilograms of cocaine into the U.S.
Five weeks after an unusual nine-day furlough from a federal lockup, ailing Colombo capo Luca DiMatteo pleaded guilty last week to racketeering and extortion charges stemming from the shakedown of a fearful Brooklyn businessman in which Luca demanded $200 every two weeks over a 10 year span.
Unless you get really lucky, and find a copy squirreled away in the wrong section of your local bookstore, you won't be able to get a first printing of Mob Boss: The Life Of Little Al D'Arco, The Man Who Brought Down The Mafia. But there are still some second print versions of the hardcover available as gifts or for your own reading pleasure.
Because of the heavy demand, Thomas Dunne Books went to the well again for a second printing of Mob Boss, the book that The New York Times called a "gripping, novelistic biography – a bulls-eye."
The mass market, paperback version was published a year ago, however, and it is available online and at your favorite bookstores for about eight bucks. You still should be able to pick up a copy of the hard cover at your favorite bookstore, or, as Claude Raines might say to Humphrey Bogart, from any number of the usual online suspects: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and BooksAMillion, as well as an independent book seller near you.
See why Mob Boss has been praised by Pete Hamill, Jimmy Breslin, Nicholas Pileggi, Mister District Attorney Robert Morgenthau – as well as readers everywhere.
Mob Boss is also available in a special BIG PRINT edition. And for those who would rather hear every word of the 406 page book read to them, Mob Boss is also available on an MP3 CD from Tantor Audio.