A mafia boss who has been on the run for 20 years has finally been arrested – after being spotted on Google Maps.
Many notorious criminals have been captured in bizarre and surprising ways throughout history.
The legendary highwayman Dick Turpin was caught by a postman who recognized his handwriting. Al Capone, a notorious mobster, was convicted of tax evasion and Google Maps has been instrumental in the downfall a mafia boss.
Gioacchino Gammino, a convicted murderer considered to be one of Italy’s most-wanted gangsters, had been on the run from the law for 20 years, and was finally found after being spotted on Google Street View.
According to The Guardian, After a police investigation, the 61 year-old man was taken into custody.
The fugitive was caught on camera at El Huerto de Manu in Galapagar. They confirmed his identity when they found a listing to La Cocina de Manu.
Though both establishments had closed in the meantime, police found a Facebook page associated with the restaurant and saw a picture of Gammino in chef’s gear.
They were able identify him by the scar left of his chin.
Gammino was also confirmed to be a Sicilian by the presence of a Sicilian-inspired dish on the menu. He was eventually arrested on December 17.
Police have stressed that they did not just stumble across Gammino – who has been the subject of a European arrest warrant since 2014 – on Google Maps by accident.
Francesco Lo Voi, leader of the latest investigation into Gammino’s whereabouts, told The Guardian, ‘It’It’s not like we spend our time searching Google Maps for fugitives.
‘There were many previous and long investigations, which led us to Spain. We were on a good path, with Google Maps helping to confirm our investigations.’
Gammino had been wanted by the mafia for murder as well as a number of other crimes. He was previously detained in Barcelona in 1998. While a film was being shot at the prison, Gammino escaped and was sent to Italy for a life sentence.