Two Mob Associates Stole $250K from Franklin Square Jeweler

Two reputed mobsters indicted last week with Vinny Asaro and John Gotti, grandson of the former Gambino crime family boss, allegedly robbed a Franklin Square jewelry store -- and attempted to rob two other jewelry stores in the same Long Island Nassau County town six years ago, the Feds revealed today.

Your fearless blogger grew up in Elmont, a town adjacent to Franklin Square.


The two alleged mob associates, Darren Elliot, 30, and Matthew (Mack) Hattley, 26, both of Queens, were arrested on robbery, attempted robbery and firearms offenses, among other charges and arraigned last week at Brooklyn federal court with seven other Bonanno crime family members and associates, including Gotti and Asaro.

"This office and its partners will continue to vigilantly pursue such organized violence and stop it in its tracks," said Bridget Rohde, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

She credited Nassau County police for assisting with the probe.

Prosecutors said Elliot and Hattley stole about $250,000 in merchandise when they pulled off the heist inside the jewelry store. They held up the store owner at gunpoint, then tied him up and made off with their haul.

They attempted to pull off two additional Frankin Square jewelry store robberies in a period running from Aug. 17, 2011, and May 5, 2012.

Hattley, also known as “Mack,” and another alleged Bonanno associate, Boothby, also are charged with robbing a residence in Queens on March 12, 2014.

Boothby remained outside the home as a lookout while Hattley and another Bonanno associate (Associate-2 in the indictment, here) tied up the homeowner’s girlfriend (Jane Doe).

The defendants then stole more than $50,000 in cash and hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry, including high-end designer watches and a Cartier ring from Jane Doe’s finger, among other items.

All suspects face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.