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Seniors charged in bank caper

CHICAGO, April 10 (UPI) -- Three senior citizens have been charged with casing a Chicago suburban bank for months to prepare for a robbery, officials say.

The three old men were still wearing dark burglary clothes when they stood before a federal judge Friday, The Chicago Tribune said.

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The report said the trio were arrested Thursday as they neared a Bridgeport, Ill., residence of a deceased mob chief, which officials said they had allegedly targeted for home invasion. Officials also suspect them in the 2007 robbery of another bank.

Two of the suspects, Joseph "Jerry" Scalise, 73, of Clarendon Hills, Ill., and Arthur Rachel, 71, of Chicago were alleged Chicago mob figures. The Tribune said they were released from British prisons in 1993 after serving 13 years for the theft of the 45-carat Marlborough Diamond and other gems -- worth $2.6 million in total -- from a London jewelry store.

None of the gems were recovered.

Scalise was a technical adviser on "Public Enemies," the movie about John Dillinger filmed in Chicago in 2008.

A criminal complaint filed Friday said Scalise, Rachel and Robert "Bobby" Pullia, 69, of Plainfield, Ill., were suspects in the 2007 holdup and were under investigation by the FBI when surveillance agents spotted them casing the First National Bank in La Grange, particularly on Thursdays when an armored car would make a visit.

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