Big Money and Big risks

cullotta-cover-web.jpgFrank’s new crew of thieves kept busy. But crooks were supposed to follow the Outfit’s rules, and failure to do so could have deadly results.

Excerpted from CULLOTTA – The Life of a Chicago Criminal, Las Vegas Mobster, and Government Witness.  

They also scored a bank vault once. They were able to get into a vacant building next door to the bank. Those old buildings were built right next to each other with no walkway in between them, just a double firewall. The job took a month or a little less to plan. The crooks dug under the vacant building, through the foundation, and right up into the bank under the vault. Drills were used to get through the bank’s concrete floor. Once inside, they went after the safety deposit boxes, drilled out the locks and emptied the contents into bags. The take was over $300 thousand.

The only trouble was that a score that large required a kick back to the Outfit. It happened that one of the crew was an Outfit guy, so there was no way around paying the tribute. By the time everybody got their cut, Frank only ended up with around $30 thousand. Still, that was a lot of money in those days.

   Frank later did a jewelry store heist with a different crew. They kept the job very quiet and didn’t tell anybody about the score. They didn’t pay the Outfit any money either. When the mobsters heard about the robbery and realized they’d been stiffed, they became enraged. They scooped up known thieves, trying to find out who did the job and owed them the kick back. Frank never got bothered, though. They may have figured that being connected to Tony he would know better than to hold out on them. The Outfit ended up torturing and killing three innocent guys who they suspected of having robbed the jewelry store. 

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