Four New York men, Michael Mazzara, Charles Kerrigan, and Anthony Mascuzzio, assisted by Christopher Kerrigan stole more than $20 million in cash, jewelry, collectibles, and other valuables from the bank’s vaults and safe deposit boxes.
In April and May 2016, Mazzara, Kerrigan, Mascuzzio, and Kerrigan formed a gang that burglarized banks in Brooklyn and Queens, New York, by cutting into the bank’s vaults and the safe deposit boxes inside. According to U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The gang burglarized an HSBC Bank branch in Brooklyn from about April 8 through April 10, 2016, and burglarized a Maspeth Federal Savings Bank branch in Queens, New York, from about May 19 to May 22, 2016.
On both occasions, the New York men used acetylene blowtorches to cut into the top of the bank’s vaults from the roof of the building. At the Maspeth Federal Savings Bank branch, they shielded their activities from view by constructing a plywood shed on the roof of the bank.
The burglars then entered the vaults from above and took cash belonging to the bank and broke open customers safe deposit boxes, stealing the valuables inside. In total, the gang obtained more than $600,000 in cash and more than $20 million in valuables from the safe deposit boxes from both banks.
Surveillance footage captured some of the burglar’s activities as they prepared for and executed the burglaries. Financial records and video surveillance also showed Mazzara and Mascuzzio purchasing some of the supplies that appear to have been used in the Maspeth bank burglary.
During the investigation of the burglaries, the FBI and NYPD executed multiple search warrants at locations in Brooklyn, Long Island, and Pennsylvania, and seized items that had been taken from safe deposit boxes during the burglaries. Also, as part of their plea agreements, Mazzara and Mascuzzio returned other stolen items from the safe deposit boxes. In total, more than 200 items that were stolen from safe deposit boxes, including religious artifacts, jewelry, and collectibles have been recovered as a result of this investigation.
Michael Mazzara, 46, of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced by a judge on April 13, 2018, to a total term of 135 months in federal prison.
In addition to the burglaries, Charles Kerrigan, 42, of Brooklyn, New York, pled guilty to one count of witness retaliation while on pre-trial release, in connection with his assault of an individual who he believed had provided information regarding the burglaries to the FBI and NYPD. Kerrigan was sentenced by a judge on April 11, 2018, to a total term of 200 months in federal prison.
Anthony Mascuzzio, 38, of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced by a judge on May 4, 2018, to a total term of 84 months in federal prison, and three years of supervised release.
Christopher Kerrigan, 41, of Staten Island, New York, was sentenced by a judge on March 30, 2018, to a total term of 90 months in federal prison.
In addition to the prison terms, a federal judge also ordered that the four New York men forfeit more than $20 million. The judge has adjourned the entry of an order of restitution to the victims of the burglaries until June 28, 2018, so that a final determination of the victim’s losses can be made.