ANTHONY MONA was born February 21, 1918 in Calciano Italy to Vito Nicola and Chiarina (Catherine) Squeo Mona. The Mona family, which included younger brothers Michael and Vincenzo Nicola came to the USA in 1928, Vito Nicola coming first, his wife and children following aboard the SS Roma via Naples in July. Vito Nicola Mona was living at 318 Division Street when his family arrived from Italy. 

The 1930 Census shows the family living at 937 South Third Street, adjacent to dairyman Matthew Coccia. By the 1942 Vito Nicola Mona and the rest of his family, including Anthony Mona, were living at 947 South Third Street.

Anthony Mona first came to the attention of police in 1938, when he was arrested for a holdup. An assortment of crimes minor and major resulted in him being sentenced to state prison in 1944. He walked away from a work detail in June of 1944, but was arrested in a bar near the Airport Circle in Pennsauken and returned to prison a few days later to complete a two-to-three year prison sentence.. 

Anthony Mona applied for and received a Social Security card in New Jersey around 1963. He died in December of 1966.

The 1947 Camden City Directory shows a Mrs. Stella Mona living at 947 South Third Street. As Anthony Mona would have still been serving out his prison sentence when the directory was compiled, it is apparent that Stella Mona was his wife. Stella Mona, last a resident of Bellmawr NJ, passed in July of 1988. Anthony M. Mona, aged 42, of Bellmawr passed in September of 1992. He appears to have been the son of Anthony Mona. 

Camden Courier-Post - February 10, 1938

Police Believe Bandit Gang Plans of Group Halted by Roundup

Police believed they had frustrated the formation of hoodlum bandit mob yesterday with the arrest of five South Camden youths after a holdup of a grocery store at Tenth Street and Ferry Avenue.

Two of the five suspects were identified by the grocer, John Jacobs, as the bandits who entered his store at 960 Ferry Avenue, held him up at gun point and escaped with $23.95. , Jacobs told Detectives Heber McCord and Clarence Arthur that he recognized one of the bandits as Anthony Mona, 19, of 947 South Third Street, a former boxer, whom he saw fighting in the ring, McCord said.

A radio call was sent to all cars to pick up Mona. A short time later, District Detectives Leon Branch and John Houston arrested Mona as he was eating in a restaurant near Broadway and Kaighn Avenue.

After questioning by McCord and Arthur, Mona implicated the others. They are Dominick Spinagotti, 17, of 251 Mt. Vernon street; Vito Brandimorto, 20, of 245 Chestnut Street; Salvatore Martorano, 21, of 344 Cherry Street, and Victor Labato, 19, of 274 Mt. Vernon street.

Mona was searched in the detective bureau. Police found $6.65 in change in his pockets. The others were rounded up at their homes by Detective Sergeant Benjamin Simon and Detectives Joseph Mardino and Robert Ashenfelder.

According to Simon the youths were "just beginning to embark on a career of crime."

When the others were brought to the detective bureau for questioning, all but $2 of the loot was recovered, Detective McCord said.

McCord said the youths signed statements saying Mona and Labato entered the store while the others waited in Mona's car outside the store, all fleeing together after the holdup.

Camden Courier-Post - June 14, 1944


Trenton Evening Times
January 28, 1947

Gustav A. Koerner

Camden Courier-Post * February 4, 1956

Benjamin Dzick - Anthony Mona - Nicholas Mona - Nicholas Persiano - Thomas Myers - George Ellis
James Walker - Robert Rogers - Broadway - South 4th Street - Mt. Vernon Street
Benson Street - Newton Avenue

Camden Courier-Post
December 1, 1957

Benjamin Dzick
Edward V. Martino
Robert Burk Johnson
Louis N. Caggiano

Anthony Mona

Federal Street

South 4th Street - Atlantic Avenue