Father Christmas had a bad surprise in store on Thursday for a suspected Sicilian mafia member – an arrest for racketeering.
A policeman dressed as Father Christmas arrested the man in a sting operation as he was coming out of a shop where he had extracted some protection money.
“Father Christmas” dropped the bag of sweets that he was giving out and arrested 37-year-old Salvatore Politini, alleged to be a member of the Santapaola mafia clan in police footage shown on Italian television…
The shopkeeper had been allegedly forced to pay the mafia a protection racket of around 260 euros every month for 10 years.
The man arrested was carrying a ceramic plate and a panettone cake – believed to be payment in kind from other extortion victims.
I hope the shop owner was giving him the stale panettone.