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Chicago Outfit Mobsters Jerry Scalise (left) and Arthur Rachel after their arrests for stealing the Marlborough Diamond from a London jewelry store in 1980. (Credit: CBS

CHICAGO (CBS) – When an aging  mob crew plotted a series of armed robberies, Big Brother was watching from above.

The FBI was using either a plane, a helicopter, a satellite or perhaps a drone to keep tabs on the would-be stickup men.

CBS 2’s John “Bulldog” Drummond reports on the extraordinary surveillance used by the Justice Department to monitor a trio of elderly reputed mobsters plotting a number of heists

One of the would-be robbers is Jerry “The Monk” Scalise, a hail fellow well-met; the kind of person you’d enjoy breaking bread with at the Rotary, Kiwanis or Optimist clubs.

But, on FBI tapes, Scalise shows he’s no Casper Milquetoast-type.

Scalise, 73, and co-defendant Robert “Bobby” Pullia pleaded guilty last week to racketeering and conspiracy charges in connection with several scores that they never pulled off.

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