Newsday (Nassau Edition) from Hempstead, New York on January 9, 1965 · 3
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Newsday (Nassau Edition) from Hempstead, New York · 3

Hempstead, New York
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Saturday, January 9, 1965
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Cops Turn Eyes ta Of her 'Stars' 'India1 Flown Back To City With Kuhn By Maureen O'Neill New York — With the famed SI 00000 Star of India sapphire and eight other gems safely back in New York authorities today were continuing their search' for the $200000 worth of other jewels still missing in the American Museum of Natural History heist including the world’s most perfect star ruby Fears were expressed however that the $100000 De Long Ruby weighing more than 100 carats may have already been cut into smaller jewels and fenced through the Miami underworld along with the 12 other gems stolen Oct 29 from the museum’s unprotected Morgan Ilall “But we never really thought we'd get the Star of India back either" one police source said yesterday “so we’re not giving up on the ruby either” Drawing the returned jewels one by one from a crumpled white airline bag labeled “For Your Convenience" Manhattan District Attorney Frank Hogan unwrapped them from tissue paper at a press conference and spread them on a black woolen scarf on his desk Next to the 5633 5-carat Star of India he set the purple 116arat Midnight Star engraved emeralds of 87 62 and 32 carats and another the size of a grape and two aquamarines one green-hued of 400 carats and the other 737 carats of sparkling blue “That’s a lovely one” he commented picking up the $6-000 Midnight Star sapphire but as the press hovered closer he said “You’ll make us a lot less nervous if you sit down” Most of the other gems still missing are small-size diamonds set in pins necklaces and earrings The most valuable other than the ruby is a 1 537-carat diamond valued at $25000 Later the Star of India and the other jewels that were brought back to New York after their dramatic recovery in Miami were securely locked in a large safe in the New York City Police Department property clerk’s office They are to be kept there as evidence until'charges are disposed of against three burglary suspects beachbovs Allan Dale Kuhn 26 Jack Roland (Murph the Surf) Murphy 27 and Roger Clark 29 A museum spokesman said the recovered jewels will be back on public display as soon as possible Appearing in Manhattan Criminal Court yesterday afternoon the trio looked as dapper but hardly as jaunt)' as they were several months ago when they were arrested for the daring museum caper Only four hours before Kuhn and Assistant District Attorney Maurice Nadjari-along with three detectives had landed at Kennedy Airport with the Star of India and the other gems recovered in two and a half days of negotiations car chases and what was described as “cloak and dagger stuff” in Miami Court action was adjourned until Tuesday Nrwaday Photo by Nlshllnaolt ' DA Frank Hogan Seated Foreground With Aide Maurice Nadjari at Side Talks to Newsmen r' ra r t : v Thompson Calls Press Again Denies Spy Rap By Philip Ross Bay Shore — Robert Thompson called a press conference yesterday to again deny being a secret agent for the Soviet Union Thompson denied being a spy — or racially prejudiced as neighbors neither he nor f tion on the case’s biggest mystery: the nature of the sccrets a 29-year- have chai mpson denied being a spy — or racially prejudiced as neighbors iiged — but neither he nor federal authorities gave any informa-tne case’s biggest mystery: the nature of the secrets a 29-year-old Bay Shore fuel oil service dealer might have passed on to the Russians Federal authorities also refused to disclose why he had been questioned over a period of a year before being arrested Thursday for allegedly selling US military secrets to the Russians for six yeas At the press conference the stocky Air Force veteran said that he had been questioned by the FBI 22 times in the past year but that his arrest had come as a “complete shock” The FBI declined yesterday to for The three suspects reportedly Hope to get off with light sentences cooperating in finding the gems The i - — - cooperation started Tuesday — Continued on Page 39 confirm or deny that it had questioned Thompson previously US Attorney Joseph P Iloey refused to elaborate on the federal indictment which charged Thompson with accepting payoffs totaling $1700 in exchange for information “relating to the national defense of the United States of America” IIocv would not say what kind of information Thompson was in a position to have provided after his discharge from the Air Force in 1958 Thompson who was in the Air Force from 1952 to 1958 is alleged to nave been recruited by the Russians in June 1957 while he was a clerk with a special investigations unit in Berlin and to have continued passing on information after be was reassigned to Croat Falls Mont in June of 1958 and later after he received an honorable discharge and moved to Long Island in 1961 Named as co-conspirators in the three count-indictment were three — Continued on Page 39 Robert Thompson - Says He’s Loyal Well I til Keep the Gallos Off the Streets Rikcrs Island — On this sequestered oasis in the teeming city a rattier extended club meeting was begun yester-day bv 14 Brooklyn boys named Nicholas Bianco Louis Ilubcfa Anthony Bernardo John Santiago Angelo Par-fumi Joseph D'Antunno Rosario Musico Peter Morello John Donnaruma Frank llliuno Cennearo Basciano Sab vatore Mangiamclli Albert Callo and Larry Gallo One fellow from Manhattan John Cutrone was also allowed to attend Like the other 14 he is a member of what police call the Gallo gang an underworld fraternal and antisocial organization that was quartered in the Rikera Island Penitentiary yesterday virtually en toto 'Fhey were sent there by Dominic Rinaldi — who is a justice in Brooklyn Supreme Court The Callos were sentenced to the jail for terms ranging from three to six months' fairly modest terms considering Saturday Jomiiary-f-1965 that police believe they have been involved in at least nine murders in 1962 and 1963 But after being indicted for conspiracy to commit murder they were allowed to plead guilty last Sept 22 to a lesser charge of conspiracy to commit assault In passing sentence yesterday Rinaldi noted that the crime to which they had pleaded guilty was “minor in nature” and that evidence to prosecute successfully on more serious charges “so for has eluded our law enforcement officers” Nevertheless the mass sentencing was hailed by Assistant District Attorney Aaron E Koota as “a milestone in the history of prosecution in the city” The Callos were accused by police of trying to restrict the criminal activities such as bookmaking and loan sharking of a similar underworld gang the Profacis Police are in sympathy with the ends but they don’t care for the means which include mayhem In addition to the nine murders three other gang members disappeared during the period of warfare But Koota said the war ended at least temporarily when the Callos were indicted “Following the attempted murder of Larry Callo in August 1962” he said “there were nine murders of Callo and Profoci mobsters and the disappearance of three others But after the indictments in December 1963 these activities stopped things were quiet in Brooklyn and nothing more was heard of this warfare” Five of the gang members — the two Callo brothers Illiano Basciano and Mangiamelli — were give six-month terms Two other men got off with $150 fines They were Santo Patane of Brooklyn and Joseph Savino who gave his address as 3189 Monterey Dr Merrick a s £ if 9 3 r £ ft & i $

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