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 - (Copyright m. The Timet) By ROBERT O'HEARN...
(Copyright m. The Timet) By ROBERT O'HEARN Times Staff Writer Police say they are engaged in a cat-and-mouse cat-and-mouse cat-and-mouse cat-and-mouse cat-and-mouse game with car thieves a game In which every mouse knows every cat. At stake in the game is the future of a multi-million-dollar multi-million-dollar multi-million-dollar multi-million-dollar multi-million-dollar Lake O-'nty O-'nty O-'nty racket. The Times went to veteran Calumet Region car theft investigators investigators and to sources within the racket. Here are those they regard as leading car theft figures in Northwest Indiana - and Southeast Cook County. WILLIAM EARL DAUBER , 44, pf, K : f .'.'IT . Murzytt.,. 1 Calumet Region Theft Maefset: described by authorities as a "coldblooded "coldblooded mob hit man," who controls all of organized crime's car theft operations in the Calumet Region. A two-time two-time two-time convicted felon who brags of at least 33 syndicate-related syndicate-related syndicate-related murders, Dauber operates auto parts salvage yards in Lockport, 111., and Kankakee, 111. He also runs an antique antique business with his wife- wife- "ALBERT TOCCO, 50, of 1237 Piacenti Lane, Chicago Heights. Tocco, authorities say, is the managing managing director of the mob's car theft operations; he remains In the background background while Dauber carries out his dictates. Tocco formerly was chief associate of the late James "Jimmy the i f .Mann , Bomber" Catuara. MICHAEL BECK, of 24110 Cline Ave., Shelby. According to authorities, Beck and an associate, Jack Schnadenberg, coordinate most of the syndicate's car theft business for Dauber. Authorities said the Beck group regu-larily regu-larily regu-larily supplies stolen parts to salvage yards in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Teneessee, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia. Beck currently operates out of a rural farm near Schneider. THOMAS HOPKINS, 43, formerly of 6389 Ellsworth PI., Merrillville, but now living In Las Vegas. Hopkins, police said, is an associate of Dauber. He was recently arrested J j Tip r Southern Brecka by Indiana State Policemen Paul Fotia and Tom Blad on car theft charges for operating a major chop shop in an unincorporated area between between Crown Point and St. John. Assisting in the investigation were Hammond police car theft investigator investigator Tim Voris and Detective Thomas Pierce of the Highland Police Department. TONY ROVY, 37, of 3731 Nebraska St., Hammond. Rovy is identified by police a a major figure in Calumet Region car operations. Lawmen say Rovy, a two-time two-time two-time convicted felon, is associate with Dauber and is considered considered one of the best "pullers" in the Region. Brownflcld f . . I it t . 5 j I 1 if M tA a -i -i j. . i A -nr -nr H m 4 -4- -4- -4- Puller is the name police gve to men who actually steal cars. It is derived from the method in which car door and ignition locks are removed. Police said Rovy is under investigation investigation for running a major chop shop from a barn near Lowell. TIMOTHY "GABBY" GIBSON, 32. of 2232 U.S. 41, Schererville. Police said Gibson is active in car theft and chop shop operations in Lake and Porter counties. He was arrested recently by Porter County Sheriff's police on car theft-related theft-related theft-related charges. SAMUEL NOLAN MANN, 37, of 70 Willbrook Trail, in the Willowbrook Estates subdivision near Crete. f si- si- S t Gibson Rovy 7V 1 ? , Mann, convicted on interstate car theft charges in U.S. District Court in Hammond in 1972 and sentenced to five years in federal prison, was released in 1976 and has been active in car theft operations on both sides of the state line, according to police intelligence reports. DONALD JOHN SOUTHERN, 36, who is affiliated with Cousin's Auto Wrecking, 4470 Whitcomb St., Gary. Southern has been arrested a number of times on car theft related charges in Indiana, but none of them has gone to trial. According to the FBI and Indiana State Police, Cousins Cousins is believed to be a major outlet for stolen car parts and specializes in (Continued Back Page This Section) Thackerson Dauber . A

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  1. The Times,
  2. 25 Apr 1980, Fri,
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