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.

UPDATE: Available now, Dave Nadolski’s book – The Con and the FBI Agent: An Unlikely Alliance – about his relationship with informant Tony Romano and his successful criminal investigation and undercover sting operation.

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 sting. Possession of the grenade resulted in a 40 year sentencing for the subjects.







Dave Nadolski’s book about his successful undercover sting operation and relationship with informant Tony Romano. Click here for 30 percent discount code.




















Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 250 episodes available for free on all popular podcast apps.


  1. […] The true crime story features the Loomis Fargo vault sting, the biggest investigation of Dave’s career, and his relationship with the informant, who helped him solve the case (30% discount code). Listen to his previous FBI Retired Case File Review interview – Episode 130: Dave Nadolski – Loomis Fargo Vault Sting, Informants […]

  2. Lisa GunnoeMay 13, 2020

    Just wow! So brave of Dave! Thank you Mr. Nadolskid for this fantastic story! Thank you Jerri for bringing another great agent and his story to your listeners. Very grand!

  3. 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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