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Italian Mafia fugitive on the run for 20 YEARS caught after being spotted on Google Maps

POLICE has captured an Italian mafia henchman after spotting the fugitive on Google Maps.

Follow Telegraph, Gioacchino Gammino was convicted of murder and then escaped from prison 20 years ago before arriving in Spain.

Google Street View image shows convicted murderer Gioacchino Gammino (right) outside a fruit and vegetable shop in Spain

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Google Street View image shows convicted murderer Gioacchino Gammino (right) outside a fruit and vegetable shop in SpainCredit: Google
Gioacchino Gammino was convicted of murder and then escaped from prison 20 years ago before ending up in Spain

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Gioacchino Gammino was convicted of murder and then escaped from prison 20 years ago before ending up in SpainCredit: EPA

He thought he had escaped the clutches of detectives after nearly two decades on the run – but the eagle-eyed police were able to track him down.

Gammino, 60, is living a quiet life in Spain, where he has set up a fruit and vegetable shop under a false name, the Telegraph reports.

However, detectives tracked him down and managed to confirm his whereabouts using images on Google Maps.

A moment of the criminal available on the tool’s Street View feature shows him outside a grocery store in the town of Galapagar, north of Madrid.

The store is named El Huerto de Manu – Manu’s Garden. Since moving to Spain, Gammino has changed his name to Manuel.

Detectives became increasingly suspicious of the man in the image as Gammino as they investigated a nearby restaurant called Manu’s Kitchen.

Photos on its official Facebook page show the fugitive wearing the chef’s white skin. They can identify him by a distinctive scar on his necklace.

One menu specialty is listed as “Cena Siciliana” – Sicilian dinner.

Gammino was arrested on December 17, but his arrest only came to light.

He was confused that he had been found, reportedly telling his captors: “I haven’t even called my family in 10 years.”

The crook will be sent back to Italy to serve a life sentence for murder.

Gammino is part of a mafia clan from Agrigento in Sicily and has been convicted of many crimes, including murder and drug trafficking.

He was listed by the Italian Interior Ministry as one of the country’s most wanted fugitives.

The crook escaped from a prison in Rome in 2002 and disappeared without a trace. His arrest was the result of a two-year operation carried out by Italian detectives.

Detectives tracked down the trail and managed to confirm his whereabouts using images on Google Maps

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Detectives tracked down the trail and managed to confirm his whereabouts using images on Google MapsCredit: Policia Nacional
The police were able to identify the former Italian mafia member thanks to a special scar on his necklace

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The police were able to identify the former Italian mafia member thanks to a special scar on his necklaceCredit: Google
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