After evading capture for nearly 20 years, Mafia Boss Gioacchino Gammino was caught after being spotted on Google Maps street view.
A member of the Sicilian mafia group known as Stidda, Gammino was one of Italy’s most wanted criminals. After escaping a Roman prison in 2002, Gammino fled the country and authorities had been looking for him ever since.
This is where the story gets interesting.
Authorities had a suspicion that Gammino had fled to Spain after his escape, they just didn’t know where. Well, a Google Street View shot was found with a man resembling Gammino standing in front of a grocery store talking to another man. After searching nearby locations, police found the Facebook page of a now-closed restaurant, one which specialized in Sicilian food.
The Facebook page had photos of Gammino which were identified thanks to a recognizable scar on his chin.
Gammino was arrested on December 17 of last year and after his arrest, he reportedly told police “How did you find me? I haven’t even called my family for 10 years.”
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After his nearly 20 years on the run, Gammino will spend the rest of his life in jail for a murder conviction passed in 2003.
If you’re an internationally wanted Mafia Boss, maybe don’t post your pictures on Facebook.
Featured image: Google Maps via Street View