Real News: Arrest Made in the ‘Goodfella’s’ Airport Heist Case

Posted by Matthew on January 23, 2014
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Goodfellas

Have you seen Goodfellas? remamber the airport heist? Remember how that’s all based in fact? Well, they finally arrested someone in connection to the heist.

The New York Times

Several organized crime figures have been arrested as part of a federal investigation into a series of unsolved crimes, including the infamous 1978 Lufthansa heist at Kennedy International Airport, according to a racketeering indictment unsealed Thursday morning.

The indictment reads like a greatest hits collection of the Mafia: armored truck heists, murder, attempted murder, extortion and bookmaking. But the crime that garnered the most attention was the Lufthansa robbery, where a group of robbers stole about $5 million in cash and nearly $1 million in jewels from a Lufthansa cargo building in December 1978 — the largest cash robbery in the nation’s history at the time.

The robbery, a key plotline in the movie “Goodfellas,” was also infamous for how it frustrated investigators; the only person ever convicted in the heist was a Lufthansa cargo agent, described as the “inside man” in the plot. Other suspects were found slain, or disappeared; the man thought to be the mastermind of the robbery, James (Jimmy the Gent) Burke, died in 1996 in prison, where he was serving a life sentence for an unrelated murder.

Some of the alleged crimes in the indictment predated even the airport heist, including a homicide committed in 1969. The federal investigation first became public in June, when F.B.I. agents descended on a home in the South Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens owned by Mr. Burke’s daughter, and began digging in the basement, soon finding human remains, a person familiar with the investigation said.

One of the men who has been arrested, Vincent Asaro, 78, was accused of participating in the airport robbery, according to the indictment. It is not immediately clear what investigators believe to have been his role.

This isn’t really movie news but I thought it was interesting and it’s my website and I’ll post what I like.

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