NEW YORK: The Great Ham & Egg Holdup

The waiters at the Waldorf-Astoria, the Stork, or even Maxim's, serve no greater variety of customers than the countermen at John's Diner on Fulton Street in Brooklyn. John's, as a matter of fact, has the edge—it stays open all night. But despite their deep, egg-spattered knowledge of human eccentricity, nobody in John's had the slightest inkling that a new and glorious page in the diner's history was about to be written when William ("The Laughing Bandit") Kampi lowered himself to a stool at 3:30 a.m. one morning last week and ordered spaghetti...

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