Anna Maria Tolomello, who owns a local pizzeria in Pennsylvania with her longtime partner, had a very specific need, police said: a 3-foot-deep hole 7 feet long by 3 feet wide. feet, 3 feet deep dug at her home — for a dog, she claimed.
Tolomello, 48, also did not need help filling the hole, she is said to have told the hired diggers. She claimed she would do the work herself, the diggers then informed the police, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
But on Tuesday, shortly after Tolomello paid the diggers $350 and the stain was still fresh, police arrived with a search warrant. When Tolomello saw the Hilltown detectives, she supposedly admitted she should have called them a week ago. After a quick search of the house amid a strong stench, police said they found the body of her murdered boyfriend, Giovanni Gallina.
Tolomello and Gallina are known in the local community as co-owners of Pina’s Pizzeria, a small Italian pizzeria, salad and bakery in Chalfont. Gallina is described on the GoFundMe page as “funny, kind and good to everyone around”.
In a criminal complaint, Bucks County prosecutors said Tolomello, who was arrested this week, confessed to shooting Gallina at their home on March 16, 13 days before his body we are discovered. She also admitted that the giant pit wasn’t meant for a dog but rather to hide Gallina’s decomposing body.
According to the criminal complaint, she claims that she shot Gallina in self-defense, Morning call report. She testified that she fired a gun into Gallina’s temple when he strangled her in the bedroom. According to investigators, the fatal wound is consistent with this account.
But after shooting 65-year-old Gallina, Tolomello began working to cover up the crime. Police allege she threw a blood-soaked mattress in the trash behind the pizzeria and cleaned her fingerprints from the 38-caliber revolver she shot in the head.
Gallina’s body was found swaddled in a blue tarp and duvet in the master bedroom, Questioner report.
As the days passed, Tolomello asked a friend if burning incense would mask the stench of a skunk that had entered her garage, the lawsuit alleges.
Meanwhile, Gallina’s son, Phillip, grew increasingly worried. According to Questioner, Gallina and Phillip, living in Italy, talk on the phone constantly. The complaint says Tolomello told Phillip his father was traveling without a phone. She did not say where he went or when he would return.
On Monday, after days of silence on the part of his father, Phillip reported the matter to local police, who opened an investigation. Employees at Pina’s told police they hadn’t seen their boss “for a long time”, prosecutors said. The next day, detectives went to the home Tolomello and Gallina had shared and discovered what they said was a new, makeshift grave and a decomposing body.
Tolomello has been charged with criminal murder, abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and other related charges. According to its Facebook page, Pina’s Pizza is still open for business.
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