HANOVER TWP. – Authorities searched a tuxedo business late Friday afternoon in connection with missing tuxedos and business suits from a competitor formal wear business in Scranton.
Lackawanna County authorities seized 90 articles of clothing from Tuxedo Junction in Hanover Township as part of an ongoing investigation of missing Calvin Klein tuxedos and After-Six suits from Sarno and Son Formal Wear, Scranton, according to search warrant affidavits.
Sarno and Son Formal Wear reported earlier this month, the search warrant affidavits say, that a large amount of inventory was missing from its warehouse after receiving approximately $2 million in new inventory in March.
As part of its business practice, Sarno and Son Formal Wear sews a “Sarno and Son” label and barcode inside tuxedo and suit jackets that identify ownership and track the items, the search warrants say.
Authorities learned that Sarno and Son Formal Wear has a business contract with Robert Rieviello and Michael Pantano, who operate Metallo’s Formal Wear in Dunmore, and Tuxedo Junction locations in Hanover Township and Dickson City.
Rieviello and Pantano also operate Sarno and Son on North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, under a business contract with Sarno and Son Formal Wear, Scranton, the search warrant affidavits say.
The Dickson City Tuxedo Junction was also searched by authorities on Friday.
According to the search warrant affidavits:
A man who rented a Calvin Klein tuxedo from Tuxedo Junction in Hanover Township for a wedding returned the tuxedo to the Dickson City location for a size adjustment.
Authorities allege in the search warrants that the tuxedo is owned by Sarno and Son Formal Wear, and the Sarno and Son label and bar code were removed.
Several detectives acting undercover arrived at the Tuxedo Junction in Hanover Township on Thursday to rent tuxedos, the search warrant affidavits say.
While in the showroom, according to the search warrants, detectives noticed on display a Calvin Klein tuxedo with missing Sarno and Son labels and bar code on the inside jacket flap.
Detectives rented three business suits and shirts from Tuxedo Junction in Hanover Township. Four tuxedos were also rented from Tuxedo Junction in Dickson City, the search warrant affidavits say.
Using a bar-code reader from Sarno and Son Formal Wear, authorities allege in the search warrants that they recovered Sarno and Son Formal Wear clothing from the two Tuxedo Junction locations.
A pair of black dress shoes, rented from the Dickson City location, was engraved with the Sarno and Son Formal Wear name on the soles. The engraving was scratched from the sole but an internal bar code on the shoes was not removed, the search warrant affidavits say.
Rieviello and Pantano could not be reached for comment on Monday.
“We are only in the investigative stage right now,” said Rieviello’s attorney, Peter Moses. “No formal charges have been filed. Once charges are filed if they are filed at all, I will review the charges and start formulating a defense.”