Getting Back in Harness

cullotta-cover-web.jpgExcerpted from CULLOTTA – The Life of a Chicago Criminal, Las Vegas Mobster, and Government Witness.

Frank was ready to return to stealing for a living. But before resuming burglaries and robberies he wanted to update his procedures. His first priority was to figure a way to facilitate his activities by neutralizing alarm systems.

He got hold of blueprints on alarm system routes from a guy who was in the alarm business. He learned how the alarms were wired into the businesses and police stations. A friend worked with him to develop a way to bypass the alarm wiring while the electricity continued to flow without interruption. Through trial and error, they came up with something that worked. There would be no power outage and the alarm company or police station wouldn’t be warned of the burglary. That would give the burglars all the time they needed to work on the vault or safe.

About six months after Frank sold the lounge he had a crew together and was stealing again. Using the new technology they did a bunch of burglaries, hitting all different kinds of stores. One jewelry store job netted $150 thousand. 

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