An elderly alleged mobster was arrested in New York in connection with the notorious 1978 Lufthansa heist, dramatized by
The theft of $5 million in cash and $1 million in jewelry by hooded gunmen at the Lufthansa Terminal at
According to AP, 78-year-old Vincent Asaro has been charged with participating in the heist in a wide-ranging indictment that also names his son Jerome and three other defendants in various allegations of murder, robbery, extortion, arson and bookmaking.
The suspected mastermind of the Lufthansa heist, James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke, died in prison in 1996 while serving time for the murder of a drug dealer. A character based on Burke was played by
Shortly after, De Niro's character scolds two underlings for buying a new car and a mink coat with their cuts of the stolen cash. "You're going to get us all pinched!" he scolds. "What are you … stupid?"
The arrests come as Scorsese's latest crime film,