Credit card records lead cops bur­glars

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NEW YORK — Three sus­pected bur­glars who stole mil­lions of dol­lars from two New York banks were caught af­ter us­ing a per­sonal credit card to buy the tools of their trade, au­thor­i­ties said.

The trio were charged on Tues­day with us­ing blow­torches to cut through the roofs of the banks in Brook­lyn and Queens to ac­cess the vaults and steal cash and valu­ables in April and May of this year, lo­cal and fed­eral law en­force­ment of­fi­cials said.

They were cap­tured thanks to sur­veil­lance footage and cell­phone data, au­thor­i­ties said, as well as records show­ing they bought ply­wood from Home De­pot and blow­torches from a lo­cal welder in order to carry out the crimes.

“These heists re­sem­bled scenes from the movie Heat – the work of a crew that was well or­ga­nized, metic­u­lous, and elu­sive to law en­force­ment,” New York City Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Bill Brat­ton said in a state­ment. “The pic­ture slowly came into fo­cus, re­sult­ing in to­day’s ar­rests and charges.”

The three Brook­lyn men, named as Michael Maz­zara, Charles Ker­ri­gan and An­thony Mas­cuzzio, al­legedly stole more than $5 mil­lion in cash and valu­ables, in­clud­ing jew­elry and baseball cards. Each faces up to 20 years in prison if found guilty of bank bur­glary and con­spir­acy to com­mit bank bur­glary. — Reuters

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