It would be more fun to to have a person in a Domenico’s uniform deliver the pagers, but that would take a bit of bravery.
Last fall, according to court documents, Shake began noticing the disappearance of pagers he gives to customers to allow them to wander the wharf while waiting for a table.
Shake, who suspected a competitor was wooing his customers and dumping the devices, hired diver Don Maulhardt to search under the wharf. On two dives, Maulhardt recovered 10 pagers from the harbor’s bottom, allegedly beneath Domenico’s.
Maulhardt in the water beneath Domenico’s when they set up a sting with an undercover officer Nov. 19. That officer posed as a patron with one of the Grotto’s pagers on the wharf. Mercurio allegedly persuaded the officer to dine at his restaurant and took the pager, promising to return it to the Grotto.