The Great Rochester Comic Book Heist
A Rochester, NY business man has been arrested and charged with orchestrating the heist of an expensive comic book collection from an elderly village man in July. The victim was assaulted and later died of a heart attack. Rico J. Vendetti is charge with first degree burglary. Vendetti owns a restaurant and collectibles business.
Vendetti owns Papa Van’s Restaurant and Irondequoit Collectibles and is accused of hiring two men to rob the location providing details. The owner confronted the burglars and was struck. He later died of a heart attack.
The victim was able to tell police his comic collection was stolen along with several safes, cash, coins, handguns and rifles. The police hadn’t given up on the case focusing in on the comic book collection. A recent tip lead them to their suspect.
Juan C. Javier, 17, of Rochester also was charged with first-degree burglary, a class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in state prison. A woman solicited by Vendetti is in Monroe County Jail on unrelated charges. The police believe at least seven people were involved in the heist.