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Christmas gifts stolen from under family’s tree

Police have arrested a man from Georgia for allegedly stealing gifts from under a family's Christmas tree along with jewellery and computers from their home in the northern Italian city of Livorno .

Christmas gifts stolen from under family's tree
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In a statement on Monday, police called the crime “a theft of dreams”, saying the man forced open the door of an apartment block, before taking the presents a couple had placed under the Christmas tree for their son.

As well as the presents, the man allegedly stole gold jewellery from the bedroom of the apartment, two computer tablets and a laptop.

He was stopped by police at a control point this weekend after suspicions were raised by the tablets and computer in his car, for which he could not provide a convincing explanation.

He was taken into police custody, and further vehicle searches revealed gold jewellery concealed behind the air filter, along with a variety of tools for breaking and entering.

The owners of the stolen computers and jewellery were tracked down and reunited with their property, and police said it emerged that the man had entered the flat just an hour before he was stopped by police. 

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ROME

‘Bank robber’ rescued in Rome after tunnel collapses

Four people were arrested in Rome after a suspected would-be bank robber was rescued from a tunnel under a road, police said on Friday.

'Bank robber' rescued in Rome after tunnel collapses

An Italian man had to be rescued after becoming trapped in a collapsed tunnel near the Vatican, suspected of being part of a gang burrowing its way to a nearby bank.

Firefighters spent eight hours digging him out from under a road in the west of Rome, before he was finally freed on Thursday evening and taken to hospital.

“Two people from Naples were arrested for resisting a public official and two, from Rome, for damage” to public property, a police spokesman told AFP.

The rescued man, one of the two Romans, remains in hospital, he said without giving an update on his condition.

“We are still investigating, we do not exclude that they are thieves, it is one of the theories,” he said.

For Italian newspapers, however, the motive was clear, with reports noting the tunnel was found near a bank ahead of the August 15th long weekend, when residents traditionally head out of town and much of Rome is left empty.

“The hole gang,” headlined newspapers Repubblica and Corriere della Sera, while La Stampa said: “They dig a tunnel to rob a bank, and one of them is buried underground.”

Other reports referred to the suspected burglar as l’uomo-talpa, or ‘mole man’.

An AFP reporter at the scene on Thursday saw the man brought out alive on a stretcher, after a day-long operation involving dozens of emergency service workers using mechanical diggers.

The tunnel began underneath an empty shop that had recently been rented.

“We all thought that the people there were renovating the place. So we had no suspicions and we did not hear noises either,” a resident, Michele, who lives in the same building told AFP.

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