With robberies being a near daily occurrence on Manhattan's lower west side eight plus decades ago, saloon keeper Tony Renali got a gun and placed it near his cash register. A week or so later, 93-years ago today to be exact, three local bandits armed with gats entered his bar and held up the joint. They took $90 from Renali's register and whatever the customers had.
they had the goods the banditti - Angelo Sposato, John Drinane and Mike
Swift aka "Mike the Burglar"- exited the premises promising to kill
anyone who tried to follow. As the trio fled, Swift in the rear, Renali
grabbed his pistol and let it say goodbye for him. Swift caught both
parting sentiments in the back. He staggered and then fell. His pals turned
and sent some lead at Renali and his patrons who ran into the rear
of the saloon. Picking up their wounded partner Sposato and Drinane
Renali called the police and while he was on the phone,
a couple of blocks away two cops saw Sposato and Drinane lift a large
burlap sack off of a delivery wagon and start for a tenement building.
Something didn't look right so they approached the guys and, looking in
the bag, found "Mike the burglar" suffering from his wounds. Mike was
shipped off to the hospital and his confederates to the police station
where Renali ID'd both of them.