Elaborate plaster moldings, Louis XVI couches, a vintage phone, and an initials-engraved Jacuzzi — all sprinkled with a whole lot of gold. No, it’s not a Kardashian estate, but the apartment of a Camorra mobster that was seized by Italian police earlier this week.
When they don’t hide out in South America, the Caribbean, or elsewhere, wanted members of one of Italy’s most infamous criminal organizations often live underground, in hyper-secured bunkers or secret villas in the Italian countryside.
But sometimes they don’t.
The apartment in question was seized in the outskirts of Naples, in a neighborhood better known as drug central, where different families have been feuding for years.
The video below, released by Italian police on its Facebook page, shows the gaudy apartment belonging to Salvatore Lucarelli and Ciro Barretta — bosses of the Vanella-Grassi clan, which was in charge of the turf.
Video released by Italian police shows the lavish apartment of an Italian mobster.
The luxurious apartment was actually smack in the middle of a low-income public housing project. But the bosses were not “assigned” to the public units, police said. They took them over with force.
“In mob lingo that’s called a ‘military occupation’,” said Cristiano Tatarelli, the police commander in charge of the operation. “It’s how they work: when a family wins control of the square, they also take over their rivals’ homes, throwing them out with force, so that they can keep control over all the streets in the neighborhood.”
And sometimes, as the new owners move in, they like a little home renovation.
“They have a horrendous taste, in every possible way,” an online user commented on the police’s Facebook post. “It just reflects the baseness that’s in their minds.”
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