Perhaps it deserves praise for the intention, but a robbery remains a robbery even if the thug promises to return the money and even leaves his victim’s identity card as a guarantee. It might look like a scene from a comic sketch but it’s not. It really happened, the other afternoon, at the Quadrilatero Romano. A 38-year-old man slipped into a tobacconist’s shop in a threatening manner. “I want all the money, now. I have a gun,” he told the tobacconist who pulled out some bills to send him away but the man didn’t give up. “I need more.” This is where the robbery becomes an almost comic curtain. The robber perhaps regrets having asked for a lot of money, tries to convince the victim that money is indispensable and finds a compromise that seems acceptable to him. “You give me the money and I’ll bring it back on Monday,” she tells him, leaving his identity card on the counter as a guarantee. He is interrupted by two customers entering the tobacconist’s and the robber is forced to flee. The tobacconist, incredulous, calls the police.
The agents of the Central Police Station take very little time, with the robber’s identity card in hand, to track down the person responsible for the robbery. They find it under the house. “I lost my job,” explains the new robber, but the promise to bring back the stolen goods is not enough to spare him a complaint. It went worse for his roommate: when the agents enter the house, in fact, they find a 26-year-old man, Algerian, on whom hangs an arrest warrant issued by the Milan court for a sentence of more than 4 years. The man is then arrested.