Turin

Resemblance to movie star helps police catch purse snatcher

Witnesses say purse snatcher looked like Jim Carrey's scrooge

Resemblance to movie star helps police catch purse snatcher

Turin, November 26 - An striking resemblance to Hollywood's version of Ebeneezer Scrooge helped police catch a serial bandit responsible for at least 14 muggings of women. Pasquale Donatiello, 57, was arrested after a witness described the mugger as looking like American actor Jim Carrey in his portrayal of Scrooge in the 2009 film, A Christmas Carol. Police say Donatiello, a drug addict, mugged at least 14 women and may be implicated in as many as 25 other crimes. Police believe he preyed on women around subways stations during the early morning hours. One victim was even dragged several meters by car after he snatched her purse and fled. Investigators, who began work on the case last April, poured over as many as 500 mug shots of known criminals before finding one who looked like Scrooge. Donatiello is accused of theft, receiving stolen property, robbery, and even the attempted murder of a police officer during a raid of the thief's home in Collegno, a community just outside the northern Italian city of Turin. Police confiscated a large amount of stolen property, comprised mainly of sunglasses, mobile phones and MP3 players during a search of his home.

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