Pizza leads police to kidnappers

2012-12-31 22:46

Rome - Police in Italy on Monday were able to track down and free a businessman held hostage for two weeks after his kidnappers ordered a pizza, local media reported.

Andrea Calevo, whose family owns a construction firm in the north-western province of La Spezia, was taken from his home by three masked men brandishing a gun on 16 December.

The 31-year-old was held in chains in the cellar of a nearby town. The kidnappers had demanded a ransom of €8m ($10m), which was never paid, investigators said.

Police monitoring suspect phone calls were eventually able to locate the hideout when the captors ordered pizzas for delivery, the online edition of daily Corriere della Sera reported.

Three men, including a fellow businessman and an Albanian labourer, were arrested in the police raid.

  • lownabester - 2012-12-31 23:14

    Not very smart :)

      megala.arxithia - 2013-01-01 07:56

      It might not pay in a first world country but it def does pay in the banana republic of SA! Actually crime gets you the most senior position in our government!!

  • Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2012-12-31 23:48

    Whichever way you may choose to look at it, but the end result is CRIME does not pay!

  • samuel.ngenga - 2013-01-01 00:29

    Probably ordered a pizza with extra toppings. Should have just ordered a straight Regina. WTF, does anyone believe this story?

      atholl.canterbury - 2013-01-01 01:32

      Maybe the number of pizzas was the giveaway. If five men are holding a hostage, they all have to eat. 'delivered - take away' orders of 5 or more meals would certainly be rare and red flagged. ..-..-..-..- {that's why us pirates, here, floating in the Pacific - never order take aways.} An order for 63 'seafood' pizzas with 63 bottles of rum ... that's a giveaway... especially when we (the caller) offers to pay in gold. Become a Pirate, Samuel, we have vacancies in all oceans. { we offer payment in Gold, long leave, drinking on the job and a perpetual floating feeling }

  • augusto.lugoboni - 2013-01-01 01:43

    So SA is not the only country where the pizza arrives before the police.

  • calvin.eighteeseex - 2013-01-01 02:17

    One of the southafrican imigrants I'm sure is involved, that's the reason why they flock to Euro/Australia

      rui.d.barros.7 - 2013-01-01 04:36

      You mean emigrant you buffoon

      brendon.nel.7 - 2013-01-01 16:32

      Ha ha ha burned again. Dude you such a idiot.

  • Werner Marais - 2013-01-01 02:34

    I fail to see the connection between the pizzas and the rescue. Looks like a happy coincidence.

      Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2013-01-01 07:24

      They were monitoring the calls but could not get their exact position till those fools gave out their address while ordering pizza.

  • nompithizelo.mapingana - 2013-01-01 07:34

    Good news & job well done by Italian police.

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