Google Maps helps Italian police capture mafia fugitive


    According to an investigator, Italian police have apprehended a high-ranking mafia fugitive who had been on the run for over two decades, owing to the use of the Google Maps app.

    Using a false identity, Gioacchino Gammino, 61, was apprehended and apprehended in Galapagar, Spain, where he had been hiding for more than two years. The village is located near the Spanish city of Madrid.

    A Google Maps street view photo of a guy who looked like him in front of a fruit stand was vital in initiating a more in-depth inquiry.

    According to Nicola Altiero, deputy head of the Italian anti-mafia police unit (DIA), “the photogram assisted us in validating the investigation we were doing in the usual manner.”

    Having escaped from Rome’s Rebibbia prison in 2002, Gammino was condemned to life imprisonment for a murder committed some years earlier. He was a member of a Sicilian mafia organization known as Stidda during his breakout.

    Altiero said that Gammino is now being held in jail in Spain and aims to have him returned to Italy before this month.

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