Federal and state authorities in New York recently discovered a cache of weapons and Nazi paraphernalia in the basement of a Staten Island couple's home.
Albert J. Boschi, 40, and his girlfriend, Anna DiCamillo, 39, were arrested and charged with numerous weapons violations after authorities found a collection of weapons and bombs in a cinder block bunker in their basement. The couple, who live with their 1-year-old son, also face child endangerment charges.
A collection of Nazi paraphernalia, including Nazi literature and videos, books about Nazis, posters of Hitler, Nazi armbands and a steel dagger with Nazi markings were also found in the bunker. Boschi, an electrician, wears a swastika tattoo on his forearm, according to a neighbor.
In order to lure Boschi and DiCamillo into the street, officers staged a fake car accident in front of their home. When Boschi stepped out to see what happened, authorities seized him.
During a search of their home, state and city police, along with federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, found several bombs implanted with nails and screws, three assault rifles, various other firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Authorities said that Boschi had a license for only one of the weapons.
Authorities also found gas masks, chemical suits and food to last several months in the basement, which was equipped with a video monitor that hooked up to outside cameras.
Boschi's family and friends told police that he was deeply affected by the September 11 terrorist attacks. According to his neighbors, Boschi, who had worked at ground zero, hung effigies of Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein from his front porch for a full year after the attack.
The couple pleaded not guilty to the charges during their arraignment in Stapleton Criminal Court on April 29, 2004. Boschi is being held without bail and DiCamillo is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.