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Former mob associate indicted in string of Garfield, Lodi eatery burglaries

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Over a period of less than a month and a half, a Garfield mob associate who turned on the Lucchese crime family either attempted or succeeded in burglarizing 10 different restaurants, pizzerias and mini marts in town and in neighboring Lodi, an indictment returned by a grand jury in Hackensack alleges.

Gianni Iacavo, who once helped authorities take down a mob-run gambling ring, was arrested by two Garfield police officers on March 7, moments after they said he smashed a glass door at the Golden Eagle Deli on Lanza Avenue before an inside lock kept him out.

He was carrying a BB gun and cocaine, the 16-count indictment returned last week says.

The arrest ended a spree that began with the burglary of Chinatown Gourmet on Washington Street in Lodi on Jan. 28, the indictment charges.

In between, it says, Iacavo either committed or tried to commit eight other burglaries – including two in one day three different times:

2/11/13 : Attempted burglary of T&J Pizza, 120 Kipp Avenue, and attempted break-in at Vic’s Bagel Shop, 29 S. Main St., both in Lodi

2/12/13 : Burglary of Pizza Mania, 392 Midland Ave., Garfield

2/18/13 : Burglary of Paul’s Mini Market, 49 Plauderville Ave., Garfield

2/25/13 : Burglary of Wicania Mini Market, 175 Shaw St., and attempted break-in at Pazza Luna, 52 Chestnut St., both in Garfield

3/5/13 : Burglary of Bobs Market, 206 Palisade Ave., and attempted burglary of Polish Kitchen, 324 River St., both in Garfield

3/7/2013 : Attempted break-in at Golden Eagle.

Four other counts involve possession of cocaine, eluding police and two weapons counts, including being a felon in possession of a weapon — a Daisy l840 .177-caliber BB gun that police said he used to smash a glass door during at least one break-in or attempt.

Iacavo, who turns 38 later that month, has been free on $27,500 bail, posted hours after his arrest.

Two years ago, a Morris County judge promised Iacavo probation in exchange for a guilty plea to promoting gambling. As part of his plea, Iacavo agreed to fully cooperate with prosecutors by providing sworn statements “detailing his actions, those of his co-conspirators and those of other individuals who may have factual information or knowledge of the illegal activities covered by this agreement.”

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