ODDLY ENOUGH | Lasagna trail leads police to fugitive in Italy


ODDLY ENOUGH

Lasagna trail leads police to fugitive in Italy

ROME

He avoided Italian police for a decade on the run but couldn’t resist his wife’s lasagna.

Police say Giancarlo Sabatini went into hiding in 2000, shortly after being given a three-year, eight-month prison sentence in a cocaine-trafficking case.

Acting on a tip, police staked out the homes of Sabatini’s wife and daughter Tuesday in Rocca Priora, a town near Rome. When they spied the daughter leaving her mother’s house and furtively dashing toward her home bearing a tray of lasagna, police, suspecting a secret guest, burst in and arrested Sabatini.

Many Italians prepare lasagna with meat sauce for lunch on the last Tuesday of Carnival. Police say Sabatini came from his hideout in Belgium to celebrate the last day before Lent with his family.

Swedish bank robber busted by forgotten urine

COPENHAGEN, Denmark

A Swedish bank robber forgot to cover his tracks and left three bottles of urine behind after hiding inside a bank vault in Copenhagen for three days.

The 27-year-old man and his accomplice used the bottles to relieve themselves after sneaking into the vault on a Friday in May and remaining there until the bank opened again the following Monday.

While inside, the robbers emptied 140 safety-deposit boxes of at least $500,000 in cash and jewelry. But Prosecutor Frederik Larsen said Wednesday they forgot to take the urine when they left “so we were able to get their DNA samples from the bottles.”

The evidence helped prosecutors win a 21-month prison sentence for the Swede on Tuesday. His accomplice is still at large, and the loot hasn’t been recovered.

California pot growers use alligator to protect stash

HEMET, Calif.

California narcotics investigators found a $1.5 million marijuana growing operation at a house and an unusual security guard — a 4-foot-long alligator named Wally.

The Riverside County drug task-force team moved in on the Hemet-area house Monday night and seized nearly 2,300 pot plants. The commander says agents also found the reptile, described as a “watchgator.”

The healthy 55-pound American alligator was turned over to the Phelan-based Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary, since gators are illegal in California.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports 29-year-old John Nathan Donna, who lives in the home, was arrested and booked for investigation of marijuana cultivation and possession. He was released Tuesday on $100,000 bail.

Associated Press

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