So authorities say Staten Island resident Joseph Nativo, 47, pulled a revolver on his former business associate and took them.
Nativo, a contractor who lives on the 200 block of Shirley Avenue in Eltingville, is accused of slamming the revolver down on a desk at his business, Atec Contracting on 360 Targee St. in Stapleton on May 7, then demanding that 40-year-old Gennario Sibbio take the chompers out of his mouth and hand them over.
He also demanded Sibbio give up $1,200 in cash, two cell phones, a Bluetooth wireless device and his jacket.
Nativo tells it differently, though — sure, he demanded the teeth back, since he paid for them in the first place, but he never pulled out a gun.
Police referred to Sibbio as Nativo’s “former business partner,” but Nativo characterizes him as an ex-worker who stole from the company.
“He’s not my partner. He’s my employee,” Nativo said. “I fired him, let him go. I paid for his new teeth to be put in… I told him to leave the company. I asked for my teeth back.”
And, what the hell is he going to do with the chompers?