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The Google Street View image that helped catch a runaway killer

An investigator told Reuters on Wednesday that a killer who had been on the run for nearly 20 years was caught using an image from Google Maps Street View.

Gioacchino Gamino, 61, was tracked down in Galápagar, Spain, a city outside Madrid where he lived under a fake name.

A Google Maps image showing a man conversing outside a product store was instrumental in launching an in-depth investigation.

Nicola Altiero, deputy director of the Italian anti-mafia police unit, said: “The photogram helped us confirm the investigation being developed by traditional means.”

Gamino, a member of a Sicilian mafia group called the Stidda, escaped from Rome’s Rebibia prison in 2002 when filming a film there disrupted security protocols. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in a murder case in 1998.

After receiving a tip that Gamino was going by the name Manuel and was the owner of a fruit shop in Galapagar, one of the Italian investigators went to Google Maps to see if he could find the store.

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It was there, under the name of El Huerto de Manu (Manu’s Garden) – and, in a 2018 image, a man who may have been the man himself, was on the sidewalk in front.

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