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Man Dies After Fighting Over Stolen Property
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This article originally appeared in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

An Irondequoit man hired area "boosters" — thieves willing to rip off pharmacies and grocery stores — then peddled the stolen goods over eBay, federal authorities allege.

The FBI on Tuesday arrested Rico Vendetti, 41, who was charged with racketeering and moving stolen goods across interstate lines.

Two weeks ago, the Medina Police Department in Orleans County also arrested Vendetti and accused him of ordering the burglary of 77-year-old Homer Marciniak's comic book collection.

Marciniak, who was also slugged in the face by thieves, died of a heart attack.

Authorities allege that Vendetti may have sold stolen goods for years. He bragged to one burglar that he has made "several hundred thousand dollars from stolen merchandise," including "razor blades, men's Rogaine and Prilosec OTC," according to an affidavit from FBI Special Agent Michael McElhenny.

Arrested with Vendetti for the alleged theft of Marciniak's comic book collection was Juan Javier, 17. The collection was estimated to be worth between $40,000 and $100,000.

Four people, including Javier, robbed Marciniak after some of them were hired by Vendetti for the robbery, authorities allege. Some of those individuals could be charged with murder if it is determined the heart attack began during the robbery.

Some of the comic books later showed up on eBay for sale by Vendetti, authorities allege.

Prosecutors allege that Vendetti has hired thieves to sell a variety of stolen goods, ranging from Crest Whitestrips to a kitchen faucet.

The FBI Tuesday raided Vendetti's businesses on Goodman Street — Papa Van's Eatery, Al's Green Tavern and the East Side Gold and Car Audio Pawn Shop.

Vendetti was arraigned Tuesday in federal court in Buffalo.

Gary Craig

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