Jakarta, ONENEWS.MY.ID – Google Maps is apparently not only useful for helping to find your way to your destination, but also catching criminals.
Recently, the Italian Police managed to catch a top mafia fugitive who has been on the run for almost 20 years. The arrest was made with the help of the Google Maps application.
After two years of investigation, Gioacchino Gamino, 61, was found in Galapagar, Spain, one of the cities close to the capital Madrid. There Gamino lived under a false name.
A Google Maps street view image showing a man who looks like Gamino in front of a fruit shop was key in triggering a deeper investigation.
“The photogram helped us confirm the investigation we developed in the traditional way,” Nicola Altiero, deputy director of the Italian Anti-mafia Police Unit (DIA), told Reuters on Wednesday (5/1/2022).
Gamino, a member of the Sicilian mafia group nicknamed Stidda, escaped from Rome’s Rebibbia prison in 2002. In 2003 he was sentenced to life in prison for the murders committed several years earlier.
Altiero said Gamino is currently being held in Spain and they hope to bring him back to Italy by the end of February 2022.
This is not the first time an application made by Google Inc. help catch criminals. In 2017, a woman in the city of Milwaukee, the state of Wisconsin, United States (US) managed to track down the location of two criminals who beat and raped her.
According to NBC News, the use of Google Maps and digital data tracking apps is growing in popularity among police officers seeking help in all manner of unsolved cases, from robberies to murders.
So far, with the use of these apps, police have managed to find suspects in a series of bombings in Texas, and arrests in the Minnesota home invasion and San Francisco robbery.