Dante- mad thief nabbed

Sat, 10/11/2008 - 03:09

A Palermo serial thief was caught Friday with a copy of Dante's Divine Comedy under the seat of his motorbike.

Fabrizio Tuminiello told police after an attempted carjacking that he'd become a fan of Dante because of actor Roberto Benigni's popular TV readings from Italy's greatest poet.

Tuminiello, 41, apparently killed time between robberies with a few verses from the Comedy, police said.

The carjacker, who has a long record for theft, was taken to jail in this Sicilian city.

He was allowed to keep his copy of Dante.

Topic: Dante