Police send "holy" Roman robber to Queen of Heaven

Thu Jul 14, 2011 4:15pm GMT
 

ROME (Reuters) - Italian police said on Thursday they had found a fitting temporary home for an accused jewellery robber whose priestly disguise failed to help him slip past their dragnet.

Police said they tracked down and arrested the 37-year-old male suspect by reviewing closed circuit television footage around Via del Corso and Via Condotti, the swanky shopping district near the Spanish Steps, after a July 4th hold-up at one of Rome's most prestigious jewellery shops.

Video footage released by Italian police showed a man dressed in the floor-length black cassock and round, wide brimmed black hat commonly worn by priests of the Roman Catholic Church until the 1960s and still favoured by traditionalists.

The footage showed the man was carrying a shopping bag and moving confidently through a crowd of shoppers after the heist, in which two employees were locked in a bathroom.

Police have detained the suspect in the Queen of Heaven jail on the Tiber River not far from the pope's Vatican headquarters.

(Editing by Paul Casciato)

 
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