Using Instagram and Acrobatics, Thieves Targeted V.I.P.s in Milan
Eleonora Incardona Choose your own positions On the beach or dressed in children’s clothes with chunky watches and golden necklaces to catch the eye of her more than 470,000 followers on Instagram.
But his meticulous documenting of the internet influential’s glamorous lifestyle has also drawn some unwanted attention.
On Saturday in December, a group of thieves dressed to mix with Milan’s fashion set, which saw Ms. Incardona leave her apartment building, where she announced the making of another Instagram video, which appeared on her The pet Chihuahua used to tell everyone, including Oliver. Left him home. The thieves could be convinced that the coast was clear. They surrounded the wall – with “circumscribed” skills, police said – and closed with Chanel and Louis Vuitton’s handbags and assorted jewelry.
And Ms. Incardona was clearly not the only victim.
This week, police in Milan arrested a group on suspicion of taking tens of euros in watches, scarves, designer bags and jewelry from Milanese VIP apartments
Prosecutors said the evidence against them included security camera footage of the gang climbing the gang and the stolen goods found in their possession. Police also wired a conversation in which the men discussed Ms. Incardona’s Instagram accounts and other targets – a football star and a TV presenter – and collected screenshots of her post.
“It’s important for me to share,” said 31-year-old Ms. Incardona, who posted pictures of herself eating cookies at Tiffany’s, while thieves emptied her cupboards. She said that he made her come alive while sharing her routine, and put the theft in a professional jeopardy. “Looks like the thieves also appreciated my photos with their beautiful things,” she said.
Marco Callo, the head of the Milanese police unit conducting the investigation, said Ms. Incardona had “posted pictures showing where she kept her bags, her nice shoes.”
He said that it was an aid to the criminals.
Mr. Callow said the thieves were incredibly skilled at climbing and landing on walls. To rob the other victim’s apartment, TV presenter Dolta LeotaHe said that two floors descended from one roof.
The prosecutor of the case, Francesca Kruppi, said, “We call them acrobat thieves.” He said the culprits were “young and fit people as if they were going to a nightclub.”
Ms Crupi said the case was the first time investigators’ work had pointed to such a clear and important use of theft on Instagram. “The message is that you shouldn’t publish stuff,” she said.
Ms Incardona said she had learned her lesson. She now only posts videos of the locations after leaving them to mislead potential thieves. But, she mentioned, even her case showed that Instagram can be a force for good as well as for bad.
In the backdrop of a video after his roommate left the apartment on the day of the robbery, police saw a man in a dark coat talking in a cellphone on the sidewalk.
Authorities later told him that one of the people arrested was.
“He compared my stories with close-circuit television footage to identify me,” Ms. Incardona said. “Instagram Spy.”