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Mafia kiss leads Ibiza police to Rolex thieves

Security cameras from a hotel on Spain's holiday island of Ibiza have helped police catch a Camorra gang specializing in luxury watch theft, as footage showed one of the thieves kissing his partner in crime on the lips when he pulled out a Rolex he'd just stolen.

Mafia kiss leads Ibiza police to Rolex thieves
The grainy footage was enough to help police identify and locate five of the Camorra members operating on the island. Screengrab: Italian State Police/YouTube

Another security camera at a petrol station captured the moment one of the thieves quickly snatched the watch off the wrist of a man sitting inside a high-end vehicle.

Several people chase after the watch thief and then the footage cuts to a hotel lobby where the man pulls the booty out of his pocket, spurring his partner to smooch him right on the lips.

The grainy footage was enough to help police identify and locate five of the Camorra members operating on the island.

Video: Italian police

Part of a mafia network based in the Naples area, the arrested were experts in stealing watches and "evasive driving" as part of the operation, police said in a statement.

Two of the suspects, a man and a woman, rented an apartment in the most upmarket area of Ibiza Town, the capital of the island, and spent time in its port and other luxury areas to find potential targets.

"Once they selected their target and had verified which type of watch they owned and if it could be sold in Italy, the stalking phase began," the police statement said.

"They observed what time the victim arrived and left, what their main routine was, to determine the best moment to steal the watch."

The gang, which arrived on the Mediterranean island in May, targeted watches that cost at least €10,000 which they then sent to Italy.

Ibiza, the smallest of the three main Balearic islands located some 190 kilometres (120 miles) off Barcelona, is one of Europe's top tourist destinations.

The island, which is known for its luxury nightclubs and turquoise waters, draws rich and famous visitors from around the world. US hotel heiress Paris Hilton and British model Kate Moss are regular visitors.

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Spanish police strike blow to Camorra mafia crime network

Spanish police said Tuesday they had broken up a violent branch of Italy's Camorra crime group which they believe stole hashish from rival drug traffickers in Spain and then transported it to Rome in motorhomes.

Spanish police strike blow to Camorra mafia crime network
An officer discovers a hidden chamber in the vehicle. Photo: Guardia Civil

The authorities arrested 14 people in the operation, which had “completely broken up” a branch of the Camorra's “Marranella” clan which operated on Spain's southern Costa del Sol, a police statement said. Another seven people are under investigation, it added.

Police said the group obtained most of the hashish which it then sold on the streets of Rome through violent thefts from other drug traffickers in Spain. 

The group also bought hashish in Spain with the aid “of a group of British citizens” based in the southern province of Cadiz.   

“To carry out these thefts, members of this organisation used extreme violence, not hesitating to use firearms to kidnap other area drug traffickers,” the statement said.

The drugs “were transported to Rome by road, hidden inside rented motorhomes, with the trip carried out usually by a man and a woman hired by the organisation, to appear as if they were a couple on vacation and not raise suspicions during any police controls.”

The organisation was led by a father and his two sons who belonged to the Camorra's “Marranella” clan.

The 14 suspects who were arrested include British, Italian, Spanish, Romanian and Dominican nationals. Some were wanted fugitives in their home countries.   

The authorities seized half a tonne of hashish in Spain, Italy and France as part of the operation, which was carried out in cooperation with Italian police.

The Camorra, which is based in the Naples area, is one of Italy's three main organised crime groups, along with Sicily's Cosa Nostra, commonly known as the mafia, and the 'Ndrangheta, centred in the Calabria region.

Camorra bosses refer to Spain's Mediterranean coast as “Costa Nostra”, or “Our Coast”, alluding to the “Cosa Nostra”, according to Italian journalist Roberto Saviano, a specialist on the Naples criminal underworld.

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