Three teens arrested for ramming stolen buses into school

Police in northern Italy on Sunday arrested three teenagers who stole two public buses and rammed them into a local secondary school.

Three teens arrested for ramming stolen buses into school
Video footage shows the moment the first bus smashed through the school gates. Photo: Carabinieri di Modena

The damage to the school in Carpi near Modena was estimated at over 70,000 euros, while a further 100,000 euros of damage was caused to the buses, according to local paper Il Resto di Carlino.

The three teenagers, aged between 16 and 17 years old, were all current or former students of the Meucci di Carpi school, police said.

The school's headteacher, Teresa De Vito, had said at the weekend that she did not believe the school had been targeted deliberately, but rather due to its “logistical position”.

“There is no link between the serious criminal act and the daily life at the school,” De Vito said, before the culprits had been identified.

The trio had stolen five buses from a local depot before abandoning three and using the remaining two to break through the outer gates and entrance to the school in the early hours of Friday morning. 

The video below, shared by Modena's police force, shows CCTV footage of the act.

“What happened is very serious,” said Alberto Bellelli, the mayor of Carpi, which is home to around 71,000 people, on Saturday. “This isn't a simple act of vandalism or a prank – it is a criminal act.”

The youngsters are being held in Bologna's juvenile prison and face charges of theft, damage to public property and interruption of public services, since the school will remain closed until Wednesday. 

Police identified the culprits through CCTV footage, despite the fact that the teens had covered their faces with hoods and scarves, but said on Sunday that they had not excluded the possibility that others were involved in the crime.



Italian killer with mafia links arrested in France after 16 years on the run

A convicted murderer linked to one of Italy's most powerful mafia organisations was arrested on Thursday in central France, Interpol said.

Italian killer with mafia links arrested in France after 16 years on the run

Edgardo Greco, 63, is suspected of belonging to the notorious ‘Ndrangheta, a powerful mafia organisation in Calabria, southern Italy.

He is wanted in Italy to serve a life sentence for the murders of Stefano and Giuseppe Bartolomeo, and accused of the attempted murder of Emiliano Mosciaro “as part of a mafia war between the Pino Sena and Perna Pranno gangs that marked the early 1990s”, Interpol said.

The Bartolomeo brothers were beaten to death with iron bars in a fish warehouse, Italian police said.

Greco’s arrest in central France came with help for Italy and France from the “Cooperation against ‘Ndrangheta Project” (I-CAN) run by Interpol, which facilitates police cooperation between its 195 member states.

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Italian Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi, quoted in Interpol’s statement, said the arrests demonstrated his country’s commitment to “fighting all forms of organised crime and locating dangerous fugitives”.

The ‘Ndrangheta is considered Italy’s most extensive and powerful mafia group, Interpol said, operating worldwide and with strong ties to the trade in cocaine bound for Europe from South America

I-CAN’s job is help raise awareness of ‘Ndrangheta and their modus operandi, sharing police information to dismantle their networks and operations, the agency said.

The arrest of Greco, who worked in the evenings in a pizza restaurant under an assumed named according to Italian media, came a week after Italian police said it had dismantled a ‘Ndrangheta mafia ring dominating a large area of southern Calabria and seized assets exceeding 250 million euros.

Fifty-six people, many already in prison, were put under criminal investigation for a series of crimes including mafia-related conspiracy, extortion, kidnapping, bribery and possession of weapons, police and prosecutors said.

The arrest of Greco comes just over two weeks after Italian police arrested one of the most notorious bosses of the Sicilian Cosa Nostra mafia, Matteo Messina Denaro, who had been on the run for 30 years.

The 60-year-old was arrested after visiting a health clinic where he was being treated in the Sicilian capital Palermo