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BUREAU OF POUCE
1. FILE NC.
5. NARRATIVE

MUHLENBERG TOWNSHIP
2. ASSIGNMENT NO.

SUPPLEMENTARY OFFENSE REPORT

3. TYPE OF INVESTIGATION

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Monday January 12, 1998 @ 1000 hrs
On the above date and time this officer was directed by Chief Robert
Flanagan to check a weapon serial number for ownership and stolen.
Chief Flanagan said that he had received a telephone call from Thomas
Caltagirppe a few moments ealier. Caltagirone said that he had this
weapon and suspected it may be stolen. The serial number provided me
was 358004 and the weapon was described as a 357 cal. handgun.
I telephoned the Pennsylvania Firearms Records Unit in Harrisburg,
telephone number 717-783-5495. I was advised by the office that there
was no record of ownership for that weapon. I then contacted Berks
County Communication and ran an NCIC check on the same weapon. The
information obtained from this check revealed that the weapon was
reported stolen from a burglary dated October 17, 1997. The location
of the burglary was 2606 Kutztown Rd., Muhlenberg Twp., Reading Pa.
19605. The burglary victim is one Curtis Frantz phone 929-1775.
As a result of obtaining this information Chief Flanagan was advised
as to the weapon being stolen property. Chief Flanagan proceeded to
telephone Thomas Caltagirone at his office, telephone 717-787-3525.
Chief Flanagan made the call from my desk as I remained in the room
per his request. Chief Flanagan place the telephone on speaker so as
to have me monitor the conversation.
Chief Flanagan advised Caltagirone that the weapon was stolen.
Caltagirone said he was not surprised. Caltaqirone said he bought the
weapon for $50.00 and he knew it was a $400.00 or $500.00 gun. Chief
Flanagan asked Caltagirone where he got the weapon and Caltagirone
said from druggies. Chief Flanagan asked Caltagirone if he knew
anyone by the name of Curtis Frantz. Caltagirone said that he did.
Caltagirone said that the Frantz's were friends who he has known for

some time. Caltagirone seemed upset that the weapon in question
belonged to Frantz.

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At this point Chief Flanagan inquired from whom Caltagirone obtained
the weapon. Caltagirone hesitated ana dltd 'that this could be a
problem. Caltagirone su5getted that he might return the weapon through
Chief Flanagan and be identified only as an anonymous source. Chief
Flanagan advised Caltagirone that we have a need to follow up on a
burglary and Caltagirone's information was important. Chief Flanagan
also advised that we needed the weapon as soon as possible.
Caltagirone said he would call Chief Flanagan when he arrived in town
this evening and they could further discuss the matter at that time.
Tuesday January 13, 1998 @ approx. 1000 hrs.
On the above date and time while at the Muhlenberg High School
following up on an investigation I spoke with Chief Flanagan about
this case. Chief Flanagan told me that Caltagirone had not called him
the past evening. Chief Flanagan said he would attempt to contact
Caltagirone.
Wednesday January 14i 1998 @ approx. 1830 hrs.
On the above date and time I asked Chief Flanagan if he was able to
contact Caltagirone. Chief Flanagan said he was not able to contact
Caltagirone but he would attempt to do so later this date.
Thursday January 15, 1998 @ approx. 0900 hrs.
On the above date and time I contacted Agent Ralph Hilborne of the
Allentown Office of the F.8.1. in an attempt to see if there was any
Federal jurisdiction over this case. The information I received was
that Federal jurisdiction would fall under the A.T.V. due to the fact
that the incident involved a stolen handgun which was illegally
purchased.



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2. ASSIGNMENT NO.

1. FILE NC.

SUPPLEMENTARY OFFENSE REPORT

3. TYPE OF INVESTIGATION

4 DATE AND TIME REPORT MADE

Burglary

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Thursday January 15, 1998 @ approx. 1200 hrs.
On the above date and time l contacted Agent Tim Wilson of the A.T.F.
field office, REading Pa. 1 explained the circumstances of the case
and inquired as to the jurisdiction in the matter. Agent Wilson
explained that his office could assume jurisdiction. Wilson said that
the Federal penalty for the illegal purchase and possession of a
handgun carries a maximum ten year jail sentence. Agent Wilson
requested a copy of the this report and said he would look it over and
contact me at a later time after evaluating the case.
Friday January 16, 1998 @ approx. 1500 hrs.
On the above date and time I. received a call from Aaent Wilson at my
residence. Agent Wilson said that he contacted a US Attorney relative
to the jurisdiction issue and was advised that his office could handle
the case. Age.nt Wilson advised however that the resident Age t'in
Cha.3;7.9..e felt' that the current work load would not allow Wileb 'to
pure the case. Agent Wilson offered assistance as per any additional
advice in pursuing the case but said he could not do anything with it
at this time.
Wednesday January 21, 1998 @ 0815 hrs.
On the above date and time I had a conversation with Chief Flanagan
relative to this case. Chief Flanagan revealed that he had finally
been able to catch up with Thomas Caltagirone on Tuesday January 20,
1998. As a result of the conversation between Chief Flanagan and
Caltagirone, Flanagan advised me that the person who offered the
weapon for sale to Caltagirone had not followed up on the offer.
Caltagirone said he did not have the weapon and could not provide very
much information but was willing to talk with me about the incident.
Chief Flanagan instructed me to contact Caltagirone and arrange an
interview.

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Wednesday January 21, 1998
On the above date I contacted Atty. Eric Noonan of the Pennsylvania
Attorney Generals Office , Harrisburg Pa. Noonan oversees all training
for police in Pennsylvania relative to the Pa. Wiretap Act and Class A
Certification officers. I inquired relative to the legality of
speaker phone conversations and the disclosure of conversations
overheard in this manner. Noonan explained the complexities of that
type of disclosure. Noonan concluded that the'disclosure of a speaker
phone conversation should not pose a problem legally.
In addition Noonan stated that he was confer with the legal supervisor
for the criminal division of the Attorney General's office and see if
their office would have jurisdiction over this investigation.
Thursday January 22, 1998
On the above date I received a call from Atty. Richard Sheetz of the
Pennsylvania Attorney Generals Office ( 717-772-2995 ) relative to
this issue. Atty. Sheetz reviewed the jurisdictional issue of the case
and determined that at this time the Attorney General did not have
sufficient circumstances to assume jurisdiction. It was suggested that
I contact D.A. Baldwin and discuss the matter with him. Should D.A.
Baldwin decide that due to a manpower issue or conflict of issue he
wished the A.G.'s office to assume jurisdiction we should contact
them.
As a result of the above advise I contacted D.A. Baldwin. Baldwin
requested that I continue the investigation and keep him advised of
its progress.
On this date I arranged an interview with Thomas Caltagirone at his
Reading office on Thursday January 29, 1998 at 1500 hrs.
Monday January 26, 1998 @ approx. 1500 hrs. I received a call from
Thomas Caltagirone. Caltagirone requested that I call Atty. Lawrence

Hracho relative the scheduled meeting for Thursday January 29, 1998
and this incident in general . As 'a result of Ole above request I
telephoned Atty. Hracho. I was advised by Hracho that John
Caltagirone, Thomas Caltagirone's son had come forward and turned over
the weapon in question to him. I was invited to pick the weapon up
from Atty. Hradho's office.

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2. ASSIGNMENT NO.

SUPPLEMENTARY OFFENSE REPORT

3. TYPE OF INVESTIGATION

Burglary

4, DATE AND TIME REPORT MADE

5. NARRATIVE

I responded to Atty. Hracho's office on Washington Street, Reading Pa.
The weapon, a Dan Wesson 357 magnum serial number 358004, was turned
over to me in a brown file folder. Aty. Hracho,explained that John
Caltagirone had purchased the weanoliwtor protection. Atty. Hracho said
that John Caltagirone would be present at the interview scheduled for
Thursday January 29 along with his father.

The weapon was returned to the Muhlenberg Twp. Police office and
secured in a locked cabinet in the Detective Division on a temporary
basis.

Thursday January 29, 1998
On the above date and time Det. Dean R. Patton and I proceeded to the
office of Thomas Caltagirone at 127 S. 10th Street Reading Pa. Upon my
arrrival I was advised that Thomas Caltagiron would not be able to
make the interview because of obligations in Harrisburg. Caltagirone's
son John M. Caltagirone was present for the interview.
John M. Caltagirone

DOB 12/6/78 age 19
SS# 211 58 8441

The interview with John Caltagirone was tape recorded with the consent
of Caltagirone. The result of the interview was that John Caltagiron
admitted to purchasing the Dan Wesson 357 Mag. handgun from a black
male at the corner of 10th and Green St. in the city of Reading

sometime in October of 1997. The weapon was purchased for $50.00 cash.
Caltagirone does not know the person who sold him the weapon but he
has seen the seller on prior occasion outside of the bar at 10th and
Green Streets. The seller was described as a 6"0" black male.
Investigation to continue.

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1. TYPE OF INVESTIGATION

4. GATE AND TIME REPORT MADE

Burglary

S. NARRATIVE

Monday February 2, 1998 @ approx. 1000 hrs.
On the above date and time I interviewed the victim in this case
Curtis Frantz at his place of business at 2606 Kutztown Rd. During
the course of the interview I asked Frantz about his relationship with
Greg Caltagirone. Frantz was evasive during this portion of the,
interview. Frantz insisted that the burglary reports were valid and
came as a complete surprise to him. He did admit that his current
girlfriend is in Berks County Prison and is the sister-in-law of Greg
Caltagirone. Frantz explained that to his knowledge Caltagirone had
failed at his halfway house experience and was once again in Reading
detox. Frantz explained that he was not sure if Caltagirone was in the
detox or if he was with his parents who live in Laurel Springs Apt.,
Exeter Twp.
Monday February 2, 1998 @ approx. 1130 hrs.
On the above date I telephoned Mrs.Margie Caltagirone, mother of Greg
Caltagirone. Margie explained that he son Greg was currently in the
Reading Detox Unit of the Reading Hospital. She said he went there
last night ( Sunday Feb. 1, 1998 ) , Margie explained that Greg came
to their house on Sunday. He was dropped off there by Curtis Frantz.
Greg told his mother that Frantz had purchased cocaine for the both of
them and he could not resist it. Margie described Greg as high when he
arrived. Margie and her husband suggested that Greg go to the detox
center and he agreed.

I explained to Margie the current situation with Frantz. Margie went
on to say that Frantz had accused her son in the past of stealing a
television set from him to sell for drugs. Greg told Margie that
Frantz had taken the television set and sold it for drugs the day
before. Frantz did not remember because he was too strung out. Greg
told his mother that Frantz had taken a number of items from his house
and sold them to get money for drugs.

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SUPPLEMENTARY OFFENSE REPORT

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4 DATE ANO TIME REPORT MADE

Burglary
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Monday February 2, 1998 @ 1330 hrs.
On the above date and time I again interviewed Curtis Frantz at his
place of business relative to the information I received from Margie
Caltagirone. Frantz admitted to being with Greg Caltagirone when he
got involved with cocaine again. He also admitted dropping Greg off at
his mothers residence on Sunday February 1, 1998. He also admitted to
his drug problem and dept situation but he came short off admitting
that the burglary was not accurate information. Frantz explained that
his girlfriend in BCP, Katherine Garipoli may have additional
information. He said he was going to see her this night and talk to
her.
Frantz agreed when asked to take a polygraph examination. This
examination will be conducted at a later date to be determined.

Wednesday February 4, 1998 @ 0845 hrs.

Frantz by phone and attempted to
schedule a polygraph examination. A possible date was selected and
will be verified through Det. Patton.
On the above date I contacted Curtis

During this conversation Frantz said that Katherine Garipoli is

interested in talking with us. She may have information which will be
helpful in this case and others. Frantz at this time also said that
Greg Caltagirone did ask him if he would be willing to sell his
handgun to John Caltagirone. Greg approached Frantz a number of times
relative to this issue but Frantz said he did not want to sell the
gun. He said the guns are registered in his name and John Caltagirone
should go out and buy a gun of his own. At a result of this
conversation Frantz say's he too is suspicious about the burglary at
his business in which the gun was taken.

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As a result of the above information I attempted to contact Atty.
Lawrence Haracho to schedule an interview with Thomas Caltigerone.
During the week of August 24 - 28, 1998 I spoke with Atty. Haracho
in the lobby of the Berks County Services Center. I asked Atty.
Haracho if his client would be willing to meet with me relative to
questions concerning this incident. Atty. Haracho advised me that
Caltigerone was not interested in speaking with me relative to this
issue.
Also during this week I spoke with District Attorney Mark Baldwin who
requested an update on this matter. I advised him of the status of the
case and later provided him with a copy of this report.
Unless further information is developed in this case no additional
followup will conducted.

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