Feds appeal bond for alleged mob burglars

April 29, 2010 5:25:02 PM PDT
Federal prosecutors appealed a judge's ruling that would allow Art "The Genius" Rachel and Robert "Bobby" Pullia to be released on bond.

Last Wednesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Nan Nolan said Rachel and Pullia pose no flight risk and would be put on home incarceration with an electronic GPS monitor.

The men, along with Jerry "Witherhand" Scalise, are charged with plotting a bank heist in west suburban LaGrange. Scalise, 73, Rachel, 71, and Pullia, 69, were arrested earlier this month by federal agents who say the men were also planning to rob the home of the late mob boss, Angelo "The Hook" LaPietra. Judge Nolan did not rule on whether Scalise would be released, asking for his friends and family to put up more property.

Documents filed late Thursday show pictures of items found in a garage prosecutors say was rented by Scalise. Loaded guns, tear gas spray and a van with slits on the side were inside the garage. In their appeal, prosecutors say, "This case involves three career criminals with virtually no legitimate work histories who were plotting to use guns and violence to rob armed armored car personnel, and to flee using a van specifically modified so that the men had the ability shoot at anyone approaching."


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