Dozens of meticulously planned thefts on a remote island; All residents are potential suspects. In an investigation befitting of Agatha Christie’s, Hercules Poirot, the three police officers on Capraia, an island off Tuscany, must tread with caution as they search for the culprits out of a population of about 400.
Mayor of the island Marida Bessi told the newspaper Corriere della Sera Cracks are already beginning to appear in the bonded society, where friends and neighbors look at each other suspiciously.
Most home and shop burglaries happen during the winter, when visitors are more absent from the island, which is located closer to Corsica than the mainland. Italy It can only be reached by boat, weather permitting. In the most recent incident, thieves deactivated a CCTV camera at a tobacco store before taking 60,000 euros (52,000 pounds) from the safe.
They also broke into the home of Vice Mayor Fabio Mazzi in November and stole a safe containing cash and jewelry that had been hidden in some furniture. “It is very sad because there is a feeling that there is a thief in the family,” Mazi told the newspaper. “They hit on the right day, because they knew I was going to Pisa for a visit. They knew the house very well.”
Most residents keep their money in their homes, as the only bank on the island closed last year. Broken CCTV camera in the box proves to be another stumbling block in the investigation.
Bessi said the investigation has so far resulted in many theories but no evidence. “The three police officers on the island are very good,” she told Corriere. “They are doing everything they can.” “But they must have more investigative tools, otherwise it will be an unsolvable crime story.”
A punitive colony occupied two-thirds of the 19-square-kilometer island until 1986, and residents lived peacefully until the recent robberies. The population swells to around 4,000 during the summer.
“The danger now is that the sense of community that we’ve always had will be damaged,” Bessi said.