April 10, 2010

USA: "The Monk," 73, and "The Genius," 71, at it again 30 years after big heist

. CHICAGO, Illinois / The Chicago Sun-Times / Crime / April 10, 2010 By Steve Warmir and Natasha Korecki, Staff Reporters "The Monk" and "The Genius" once stole the 45-carat Marlborough diamond in broad daylight from a London jewelry store -- a theft that made headlines across the world in 1980. Nearly 30 years later, despite their advanced age, they spent months casing an armored car picking up money at a bank every Thursday morning in west suburban La Grange, authorities said Friday. ... Joseph "Jerry" "The Monk" Scalise, 73, of Clarendon Hills, Arthur "The Genius" Rachel, 71, of Chicago -- both convicted in the Marlborough diamond theft -- and their associate, Robert "Bobby" Pullia, 69, of Plainfield, were arrested Thursday night. They were about to break into the former home of LaPietra, where a female relative of his still lives, prosecutors allege. [rc] Extracts - For full report click here © Copyright 2010 Sun-Times Media, LLC