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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Twists and turns as FBI agents followed Colombo boss Tommy Shots around Long Island

TAILING TOMMY Shots was a challenging assignment for an elite FBI surveillance squad.
Five weeks after Colombo crime boss Thomas Gioeli allegedly passed the order to murder an off-duty NYPD cop, the gangster proved a handful for four agents in separate undercover vehicles, retired FBI supervisor Gerald Ryan testified Wednesday.
The mobster vigilantly scanned the area for possible law enforcement, the ex-G man recalled. "I radioed the team, 'He's looking hard, give him room,'" Ryan told Assistant U.S. Attorney James Gatta.
The agents stationed themselves at “strategic locations” in the vicinity of Gioeli’s home in Farmingdale, L.I., on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2, 1997, Ryan said.
The first day, Gioeli drove to a Mobil station, rode around the area then went home, Ryan said.
The second day, Gioeli switched vehicles with an unidentified man at the Riviera Diner, then drove to Our Lady of Lourdes Church in North Massapequa, where he remained in the car for two minutes.
“Do you know if he was praying in his car?” defense lawyer Adam Perlmutter asked.


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