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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Colombo mobster ordered to stay home after shoplifting from Home Depot

The son-in-law of Colombo crime boss Carmine Persico endured more humiliation Monday as a federal judge ordered the mini mobster confined to his home for getting rearrested on shoplifting charges at a Home Depot in Coney Island, Brooklyn.

Federal prosecutors went to the store's surveillance videotape to prove that Angelo “Little Angelo” Spata had taken a five-finger discount on $164 worth of lighting equipment Nov. 8. The video clearly showed Spata scanning some LED light bulbs and not others at the self-checkout counter.

U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto also blasted Spata and his defense lawyer Sarita Kedia for waiting 10 days to notify the government that he had been busted.

Spata, 39, will be sentenced Dec. 18 on the federal money laundering and gambling charges to which he pleaded guilty earlier this year.

Home Depot store detective Johnson Amadi said he had followed Spata from the lighting department to the checkout because his shopping cart was full of expensive items.

When the mob associate was confronted outside the Cropsey Ave. store, at least he didn't act like a wiseguy.

"He said, 'Oh the machine was not working,'" recalled Amadi, who was a lawyer in Nigeria. "I told him to come back to the office to talk about it.

"He said, 'I want to pay for them, it's just a mistake,' and he apologized," Amadi said. "He was a gentleman. If it was in my powers I'd let him go but it's the store policy [to call the NYPD]."

Spata had paid in cash for 18 items costing $312 and allegedly stole five packages of light bulbs and a dimmer switch.



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