after 20 years on the run, he was arrested thanks to Google Maps

Has it ever happened to you, in front of an episode of a detective series, to rail against a disappointing outcome? It is indeed not uncommon to see a super badass villain being arrested by the heroes for some ridiculous reason. Well reality sometimes catches up with fiction, as evidenced by the improbable arrest of this Italian mafioso on the run for 20 years.

Sicilian Mafia Divided into Two Groups

If you like gangster movies, or have a bit of general knowledge, you must know Cosa Nostra, the main Sicilian mafia. It is said to be made up of more than 120 families and operates in fields as diverse as racketeering, drug and human trafficking, corruption, and whatnot.

But there is also a second, lesser-known mafia on the Italian island. Called Stidda, it is said to have been founded by former members of the Cosa Nostra during the 1980s. It is therefore a relatively young criminal group, but involved in the same type of activity. However, this is a sort of federation of many small criminal groups coming together for the purpose of making more profit.

One of its imminent members is named Gioacchino Gammino. Now 61 years old, he continued his activities undercover … Until he was found by the police in a very unusual way.

An arrest that will go down in the annals

If some arrests of serious criminals will probably remain in the annals for their spectacular side, it is for a completely different reason that that of Gioacchino Gammino is likely to mark the spirits. But first, who is that man ? A Sicilian mafioso, member of the Stidda, long ago sentenced to life imprisonment for murder (among others) and in particular considered as one of the main instigators of a street war between mafia in the 90s. But in 2002, he took advantage of the shooting of a film in the prison where he was imprisoned, in Rome, to escape.

If the Sicilian authorities left him alone for several years, they reopened the investigation into him in 2019, and the anti-mafia unit quickly suspected him of hiding in Galapagar, a town about forty kilometers north of Madrid, Spain. But despite their research, impossible to get their hands on the Mafioso. It is therefore on luck that the authorities were able to count, since Gioacchino Gammino was identified in a photo taken by a Google vehicle responsible for mapping places for Google Street View, a service supplementing that of Google Maps. The man, now in his sixties, was photographed in front of the fruit and vegetable shop he ran and which served as a blanket.

An incredible story, even for the main concerned. This one would indeed have expressed “How did you find me? It’s been ten years since I called my family on the phone!” It must be said that it is not every day that a mafia godfather is arrested thanks to a photo taken completely by chance and exactly at the right time.

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