Google Maps Help Capture Mafia Fugitive

The Italian police have caught a high-profile mafia fugitive. The fugitive has been on the lamb for almost two decades until, with the help of Goolge Maps, investigators apprehended him.

After two years of investigation, 61 year old Gioacchino Gammino was tracked to Galapagar, Spain. He lived in Galapagar under a false identity. The town is just outside the nation’s capital, Madrid.

A simple photo in the street view option offered by Google Maps pictured a man who looked suspiciously like Gammino out front of a fruit shop. This photo was instigated a deeper investigation.

According to Nicola Altiero, deputy director of Italy’s anti-mafia police unit, confirmed that the photo helped confirm what the unit believed to be true about Gammino’s whereabouts through traditional investigation methods.

Gammino is a member of the Sicilian mafia group called Stidda. He escaped Rome’s Rebibbia jail in 2002. In 2003 he was sentenced to life in prison for a murder committed some years earlier.

Altiero stated that Gammino is currently in custody in Spain and they hope to return him to Italy by the end of February.