FBI, NYPD Search Queens Home in Mob Probe

Authorities are at the home where the daughter of Jimmy Burke, of the Lucchese crime family, now lives

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    Law enforcement sources say the body of a murder victim might be inside an Ozone Park home owned by the family of a deceased mobster. Greg Cergol reports. (Published Monday, Jun 17, 2013)

    FBI and NYPD organized crime investigators are searching a Queens home for possible human remains or other evidence in decades-old mob crimes, law enforcement sources say.

    Authorities are at the home where the daughter of Jimmy Burke, of the Lucchese crime family, now lives. 

    Burke, who is no longer alive, was accused of helping plan the Lufthansa heist at Kennedy Airport, when $5 million in cash and more than $1 million in jewels were stolen.

    Elements of the heist were incorporated into the film "Goodfellas."

    Several Mafia hits were executed after the heist, as there were concerns that too many people were involved who could rat out other members of the crew.

    Investigators were not saying which victim they were searching for Monday at the home on 102nd Road in Jamaica, but sources said the person was not connected to 1978's Lufthansa robbery. 

    "I always saw little kids playing across the street, so I always thought this was a safe area," said neighbor Kevin Martin. "Nothing crazy ever happened like this." 

    "It's a long time. People come, people go," said another neighbor who only gave his name as Jim. "After that amount of time, what do you think you're going to find?"

    -- Greg Cergol contributed to this report.