$5 million in cash, valuables stolen in Brooklyn and Queens bank robbery streak; torch used to burn through roofs, vaults
Three men were arrested Tuesday morning for brazenly raiding some $5 million in cash and valuables from several New York City bank vaults, officials said.
The crew — comprised of Michael Mazzara, Charles Kerrigan, and Anthony Mascuzzio — used a welding torch to cut through the banks’ roofs and vaults.
They pocketed money and items such as jewelry and baseball cards, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office alleges in a new criminal complaint.
An HSBC Bank branch in Borough Park, Brooklyn and the Maspeth Federal Savings Bank branch in Maspeth, Queens were hit the weekends of April 8 and May 20, respectively.
They face conspiracy to commit bank burglary and bank burglary charges for the daring heists.
They were expected to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon.
Mazarra’s lawyer, Sanford Talkin, told the Daily News that his client “maintains his innocence and we’re waiting to see the specific charges against him.”
Kerrigan’s lawyer declined to comment.
Contact information for Mascuzzio’s lawyer was not immediately available.