Italian police have foiled a plot to steal Enzo Ferrari’s body, according to a bizarre Reuters report. Apparently the would-be culprits’ foolproof, not at all grappa-inspired plan was to pilfer the body from an above-ground tomb in a cemetery not far from the Ferrari factory in Maranello, then hold it for ransom for some unspecified amount of money, which is totally a thing successful criminals do.
The police “gave no further details about the plot,” according to the report, so it’s tough to tell how close it came to actually happening.
The whole thing came to light after a big raid on a drug and weapons-trafficking operation in Sardinia. What’s strange, at least at first, is that Sardinia — an island in the Mediterranean — is nowhere near Enzo’s tomb at a cemetery in Modena, which is in northern central Italy.
However, an article in La Repubblica (read a translated version here) suggests the would-be body snatchers were heavily involved in drug and weapons-trafficking operations; the contraband came in through Sardinia and was moved to associates on the mainland. And when you’re already running drugs and guns, what’s a body or two?