'Santa' busts reputed Sicilian Mafia figure
December 24, 2010
Naughty children are warned that they may find coal in their stockings on Christmas morning. But in a Sicilian village near Catania, an accused Mafia member received an even greater rebuke from Santa Claus.
An undercover policeman dressed in Santa garb spent the day outside a shop whose owner had been the longtime victim of Mafia extortion, handing out candy to passing children. When Salvatore Politini visited the shop, allegedly to collect the owner's protection payment, "Santa" placed him under arrest.