Trial Set For Aging Mobster After Failed Craigslist Scam

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A trial has been set for an aging, down on his luck mobster after being arrested for attempting to rob a man trying to sell a diamond engagement ring.

Police arrested 65-year-old Gerald Degerolamo after witnesses saw Degerolamo spray a man with mace who was selling a diamond engagement ring.

 LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reports

Degerolamo had found the seller, David Cushman, on Craigslist and set up a meeting on Christopher Street to buy the ring on Dec. 26.

In his mafia heyday, Degerolamo, an associate of the Lucchese crime family, pulled off a daring $3 million armored car heist. That was 1989.

Then he escaped from a federal prison, only to be caught after another armored car heist, a so called “Trojan Horse Scheme,” which involved hiding a very small mobster inside a crate that was shipped to the armored car company so he could scoop up cash.

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    Keeping safe on Geebo and other classifieds sites:

    It is important that you know how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe when using online classified advertising sites. Here are a few reminders:

    •When selling, do not put your home address in your ad.
    •To avoid scams, buy and sell with people you can meet locally, in person.
    •When meeting with someone you don’t know, meet in a public place. If that’s not possible, have a buddy with you. Also, carry a cell phone; if you feel unsafe, you can call a trusted friend, and stay on the line.
    •Never give out financial or private information like account numbers, PayPal login, or social security number.
    •If an offer sounds too good to be true, it is. Walk away!

    When choosing a classifieds site:

    •Use only sites where ads are reviewed before they go live on the site rather than relying a flagging or rating system that leaves users vulnerable in the mean time.
    •Use sites that do not carry adult ads. Not only do these present risks to our children, but they can harbor human trafficking activities that harm people and open the door to other criminal activity.
    •If you are unsure about the safety of a particular classifieds site, do your own quick research. Type the site’s name into Google News or Yahoo! News. Are the results filled with news stories about crime? Then stay away. This is a case where no news is good news!

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