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Italian fugitive on the run for five years finally found... in his daughter's wardrobe

The man had been traced after he began visiting his mother again.

Image: Shutterstock/Khamidulin Sergey

AN ITALIAN FUGITIVE who spent five years on the run has been caught hiding in a wardrobe after giving himself away to police by visiting his old mum.

The man, who had previous convictions for robbery and narcotics, “perhaps thought the police had forgotten about him, that they were tired of hunting a man who only had one year left to serve,” a police statement said.

Unfortunately for him, that was not the case.

Detectives had been keeping a close eye on the man’s elderly mother, his ex-partner and his young daughter, all of whom lived near the capital.

Just two months ago officers searched the mother’s house only to discover “an open window and a man’s abandoned clothes and socks”.

On Friday they hit gold: a raid on the ex-partner’s home in Ostia, a seaside town near Rome, turned up one fugitive, hiding in his daughter’s wardrobe.

© AFP 2017

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