Italian police manage to nab a top mafia fugitive with the help of Google Maps. Gioacchino Gammino, 61, was tracked down in Galapagar, Spain, where he lived with a fake name and was captured after two years of investigation.
The Police managed to identify him with the Google Maps street view picture while he was standing in front of a fruit shop which triggered further investigation leading to his arrest.
According to Nicola Altiero, deputy director of the Italian anti-mafia police unit (DIA), “The photogram helped us to confirm the investigation we were developing in traditional ways.”
Gammino was a member of a Sicilian mafia group called Stidda. He has earlier escaped from Rome’s Rebibbia jail in 2002 and in 2003 was sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder committed several years earlier.
Currently, the fugitive is under custody in Spain and hopefully will be back in Italy by the end of February.