Benny Tudino’s has GIANT safe stolen

3/2/2007 Update:

Rumor floating around now is that this safe was found somewhere in South Jersey (not sure where yet). It had apparently been opened using a blow-torch. More further details if I get around to investigating it.

From the Jersey Journal online. And you thought Benny’s only had giant slices!

Safe stolen from Hoboken pizzeria

Thieves broke into Benny Tudino’s Pizzeria on Washington Street in Hoboken and made off with a huge haul — literally.

safe.gifSomehow, the thieves got away with the restaurant’s 298-pound safe, police reports said.

“I don’t know how they carried it out,” said Tony Nuhic, the pizzeria’s manager. “When they brought it in, there were four of them.”

Benny Tudino’s, founded in 1968 and billing itself as the home of Hoboken’s “largest slice,” was closed during the robbery, which police believe happened Monday sometime between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m.

The thieves apparently broke the lock on the front door, went into the basement and hauled out a 298-pound safe containing an undisclosed amount of money. The safe itself was valued at $675, reports said.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010 9:12 am

Reviving this thread was completely uncalled for.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 7:27 am

Well he sure has turned things around and it is nice to see someone go from bad to good, way to go Benny

Monday, January 25, 2010 11:51 pm

Does anyone know why Benny was in the FEDS for 10 yrs? Heard recently Benny did a 3K day something stretch in the FEDS. Any truth to this?

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010 1:15 am

Yes, the story is true…he did at lest 20 years in Federal Prison for dealing Heroin and for putting a hit on a Federal Judge and DEA Agent. Back in 1984 the Hoboken landmark Pizzeria was raided by Federal Drug Enforcement Agents for its links to an international multi-million dollar Albanian – Yugoslavian drug cartel. Hoboken Pizza Entrepreneur Benny Tudino (aka- Bari Drishti) was arrested by DEA agents for his roll in the storage and distribution of Heroin whereupon in 1985 he was sentenced to twenty years in Federal Prison and fined $50,000 dollars. The drug cartel was extremely dangerous and violent according to Federal Authorities and had plotted to kill a Federal DEA Agent, Federal Prosecutor, and a Federal Judge in the case. As for the safe, it was not stolen but rather “misplaced” by the owner for obvious insurance reasons. The safe was found near Benny’s house a few miles away in the woods. Here is the story on Benny! New York Times March 14, 1985 THE CITY; HEAD OF DRUG RING GETS LIFE IN PRISON A 34-year-old man was sentenced in Manhattan yesterday to life in prison without parole for heading a major heroin ring described by Federal prosecutors as a ”group of Albanian- Yugoslavian drug dealers.” The defendant, Xhevedet Lika of Queens, was also accused by informers of plotting to kill the judge, the prosecutor and the agent in the case. At the sentencing in Federal District Court, Judge Vincent L. Broderick said, ”We know he… Read more »

Monday, February 25, 2008 2:06 pm


I d k how I missed this story the first time. Anyway, did you ever find out if / how it was resolved?

Monday, February 25, 2008 1:18 pm

[quote comment=”8068″] how many people own a plasma torch/welder, records? Can any neighbors cite popping noises from the arching of the torch around 1am?[/quote]

A plasma cutter is not actually necessary to open most safes, just to dispose of them quietly afterwards, if you can pop the lock it makes everything a lot easier.

Stories like this just turn my guts inside out, especially since it happened on Washington St. Keep your eyes pealed if something feels out of place I guess.

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