(ANSA) - Rome, January 24 - Three suspects were stopped
Friday in relation to a series of armed robberies in southern
Italy, including an ambush on an armoured truck from which over
two million euros were swiped near Foggia last month.
On December 6, a gang of at least 10 people armed with
AK-47s blocked a freeway with flaming tractor-trailer trucks at
the Cerignola toll entrance south of Foggia.
The bandits fired their guns at the guards and tore open
the armoured truck using a thermal lance.
They torched more vehicles as they fled with the
multi-million-euro booty, taking off the wrong way down the
The three men held by police were Angelo and Michele Falco,
ages 52 and 32, and Pierpaolo Perez, age 45.
The men were from Foggia and Bari, respectively.
Investigators believe them to be responsible also for a
series of armed robberies committed in similar style in the
provinces of Bari, Lecce, Foggia and Matera.
Police also made 15 raids on other suspected members of the
same underworld gang.