Cops say Google Maps led them to a mafioso. There’s more to it than that

Google Maps is best known for finding places, but the service is also proving adept at locating criminals.

Gioacchino Gammino learned this the hard way. The mafioso had been on the run for 20 years when he got a surprise visit from the police.

“How did you manage to find me? I haven’t even called my family for 10 years,” Gammino reportedly told the cops.

According to an anti-mafia investigator, they found him on Google Maps.

Mapping a murderer

Gammino was one of Italy’s 100 most-wanted criminals. The 61-year-old had been convicted of murder, but escaped prison in 2002.

His life on the lam led him to Galapager, a Spanish town near Madrid, where he lived under the assumed name of Manuel Mormino.

Gammino later opened a store bearing his alias: El Huerto de Manu (The Garden of Manu).

The greengrocer’s has a stellar 4.7-star rating on Google. You can visit it for yourself — but only on Google Maps. The physical store is now labeled “permanently closed.” 

While chatting outside the premises one day, Gammino was photographed by a Google Street View vehicle. Years later, the Sicilian police said they spotted him on the service.