Cops investigating the gangland-style murder of Gambino crime boss Frank (Franky Boy) Cali in Staten Island are hoping some digital breadcrumbs can lead them to the gunman.
Detectives on Friday were going through Cali’s Todt Hill home — where the mob boss was rubbed out Wednesday night — in the hopes of finding any electronic evidence that would point to the shooter, police sources said.
Cops were also tracking down all calls, texts and emails Cali received before his murder.
At the same time, police are checking licence-plate-reader footage throughout the borough to find the pickup truck that lured Cali outside before he was killed.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said the digital age will significantly boost the traditional mob investigations of decades ago, where cops relied on undercover operatives and snitches to crack a mobster killing.
“We’re in a very good place, from an investigative point of view, in 2019, compared to just a few years ago,” Shea said at a press conference on Thursday. “License-plate readers, the work our lab does, the video camera canvasses, the facial recognition technology — all of this builds a stronger case.”
Cali, 53, was having dinner with his family inside his house when the mystery pickup truck smashed into his silver Cadillac Escalade SUV around 9:15 p.m. — prompting the Gambino mobster to rush outside.
Video surveillance recovered from Cali’s home shows the mobster briefly talking to a man who jumped out the truck — until a muzzle flash and a barrage of shots sent the old-school wiseguy desperately scrambling for cover underneath his Cadillac.
The shooter pumped at least six 9-mm. bullets into Cali before hopping back into the vehicle and speeding away.
It’s believed that the pickup truck never left the borough and was dumped somewhere on Staten Island, sources said.
Cali was declared dead at Staten Island University Hospital.
His murder has raised questions about the possibility of a civil war within the Gambino organization or, even worse, a mob war with another of New York’s five families.
Some law enforcement eyes turned immediately to 73-year-old Gene Gotti, brother to ex-Gambino head John Gotti, who brutally whacked a rival crime boss in 1985 to take over the organization.
Gene Gotti — released from federal prison six months ago after serving 29 years for dealing heroin — might have wanted to take Cali out in a dramatic power play of his own, two police sources conjectured.
No one answered the door at Gotti’s Long Island home Friday.
With Rocco Parascandola and Molly Crane-Newman