Saturday, December 25, 2010

Sicilian Santa arrests mafia suspect

Surveillance footage released by police in Scilly shows how one officer used a cunning Christmas outfit to capture a suspect. A Carabinieri policeman in the city of Catania used a Santa Claus disguise to arrest a suspected mafia member as he collected protection money from a shopkeeper.

The video from the hidden cameras used by the police during the investigation shows the suspected mafia member entering and the shopkeeper taking cash from the cashier and meeting the suspect.

The arrest took place as the suspect was leaving the shop. The footage shows him walking to his car only to be stopped by a policeman dressed up as Santa Claus and other policemen in plain clothes.

According to information released by the Carabinieri, the shop owner had been regularly paying 260 Euros a month to the powerful Santapaola mafia family for the past 10 years.

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