And although truck hijackers and thieves were in no short supply and came in all shapes and sizes and ethnicities, generally speaking, this racket was the domain of Cosa Nostra. Don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of semi-independent hijacking crews combing the streets in search of truckloads to rob, it’s just that the savvier of these robbery rings was either directly or indirectly connected with the Italian mob.
For many years, starting from approximately the late 1930s forward, thefts of truck cargo started to become big business for the mob. Pier thefts from the New York and New Jersey docks had always been a solid racket worked in conjunction with waterfront hoodlums aligned with the International Longshoreman’s Union.
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