Williamsburg Antique Store Closed After Owner Arrested
WILLIAMSBURG — The antique store owned by a man alleged to be a menace to Graham Avenue is now closed, according to a sign posted on its door Wednesday.
"Private sale over — Thank you. This is a private residence," read the sign on 373 Graham Ave., whose proprietor Joseph Loiacono is facing charges that he threatened neighbors with a power saw and a baseball bat.
A Brooklyn grand jury heard testimony Wednesday alleging that Loiacono, 54, had committed a second violation of his neighbor's restraining order against him — this time holding a bat while threatening neighbor Cono Dellio, according to court papers.
Although many residents on the block said they were relieved Loiacono's shop had closed, they were still too wary to speak on the record about the junk store owner.
"He'll be back," said one neighbor, who requested to remain unnamed. "He's sly...he knows the law better than most people."