New indictment for aging mob trio

January 13, 2011 4:46:29 PM PST
A new indictment was returned by a grand jury Thursday in the case against Robert "Bobby" Pullia and convicted jewel thieves Joseph "Jerry" Scalise and Arthur "The Genius" Rachel.

The superseding indictment adds a count of racketeering conspiracy. It also alleges the plan by the three men to rob the home of late mob boss Angelo LaPietra was part of that conspiracy.

At the time of their arrest, there was speculation by mobologists that Scalise and crew were going into LaPietra's former castle-like residence to retrieve the famous Marlborough diamond - missing since a daring daylight burglary in 1980. The 45-carat diamond was stolen from Graff Jewelers in London, UK. Scalise and Rachel were arrested as they arrived at O'Hare International Airport that evening, minus the diamond.

In April of last year, Scalise, 73, Rachel, 72, and Pullia, 69, were charged with scouting banks to rob in the western suburbs. Federal authorities say they picked up the three as they were preparing to rob the Bridgeport mansion of deceased Chinatown Outfit boss Angelo "The Hook" LaPietra. They were arrested outside LaPietra's one time home with burglary tools, guns, ammunition and communications equipment.

The men will be back in court January 25.

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