Episode 130: Dave Nadolski – Loomis Fargo Vault Sting, Informants

Retired agent Dave Nadolski served in the FBI for 21 years. He was assigned to the Detroit, Atlanta, New York, and Boston Field Offices. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Dave Nadolski reviews the Loomis Fargo Vault Sting which introduced an FBI criminal informant into a violent and heavily armed Boston crime gang conspiring to forcefully take over an armored car company’s money vault containing one hundred million dollars. Due to the heroic efforts of Tony Romano, Dave Nadolski’s informant, the Loomis Fargo Vault Sting was successfully concluded with the convictions of all four members of the gang. During his career, Dave conducted investigations involving foreign counterintelligence matters, public corruption, civil right violations, bank robberies and major crimes, gang investigations, and government fraud violations. He ended his career in the Boston Division as a squad supervisor. Since his Bureau retirement, Dave has worked as a licensed private investigator, a corporate security supervisor, and most recently, as a realtor. Dave is currently writing a book about the Loomis Fargo vault sting, the biggest case of his career.

Supervisory Special Agent

David Nadolski

2/2/1983 – 2/4/2004







“Informants are people who have done things different than us, not necessarily approved by us. But if we want to get some things done, we have to operate in their world, and we can’t do that without them. They’re invaluable.”

The following are articles about the Loomis Fargo Vault Sting and FBI informant Tony Romano:









Boston Magazine – 5/15/2006:  FBI The Set Up (Part one) 

Boston Magazine – 5/15/2006:  FBI The Set Up (Part two)

Dave Nadolski at the Loomis Fargo Vault Sting post-arrest show and tell display of weapons seized.











Pictured here is the hand grenade (in the round box) seized during the Loomis Fargo Vault Sting. Possession of the grenade resulted in a 40 year sentencing for the subjects.












Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, attempts to relive her glory days by writing crime fiction and hosting FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast available for free subscription on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and other popular podcast apps. Her nonfiction book FBI Myths and Misconceptions: A Manual for Armchair Detectives and her FBI corruption squad police procedural series featuring Special Agent Kari Wheeler are available wherever books are sold.


  1. Dave NadolskidAugust 23, 2018

    Great job Jerri!

    1. Jerri WilliamsAugust 23, 2018

      Thank you Dave. You’re a great storyteller. I can’t wait for your book to be published.


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