Three members of a New York burglary crew were federally charged Tuesday with carrying out two bank robberies by cutting holes through roofs to enter the financial institutions and stealing about $5 million in cash and other valuables.
Michael Mazzara, Charles Kerrigan and Anthony Mascuzzio were arrested without incident and slapped with two counts of bank robbery – charges that could land them in a federal lockdown for decades.
The trio first struck at the HSBC Bank at 4406 13th Ave. in Brooklyn’s Borough Park section over the weekend of April 8, initially climbing onto the rooftop of a vacant building under construction next door, according to court papers.
They allegedly jumped over to the bank, using a blowtorch to cut a large hole in the roof before they dropped down inside the vault. They also cut the bank’s alarm system and Verizon phone lines in the area, the papers state.
They stole $330,000 in cash and other valuables from safe deposit boxes, before fleeing, leaving oxygen and acetylene tanks on the roof of the bank, court documents say.
Over the weekend of May 20, the threesome struck again – but this time at the Maspeth Federal Savings Bank at 64-19 Woodhaven Boulevard in Queens, according to the papers.
Like the first burglary, they allegedly used a torch to make a hole in the roof of the bank and climb down into the vault.
They stole $296,000 in cash and $4.3 million in valuables from safety deposit boxes, including rare baseball cards and coins as well as diamonds and jewelry.
FBI and NYPD investigators later recovered grinding wheels and oxygen and acetylene tanks from the roof, as well as a tarp and some screws.
The authorities were able to connect the thieves to the burglaries through video surveillance and cell phone records that put them at the scene of the crimes.