An elderly woman was recently robbed in her Florence home after two thieves knocked her out with a drug-laced holy card.
The two female thieves stole 20,000 euro in jewels from the 94-year-old woman after, as she told police, they forced her to kiss the card, a santino depicting the Virgin Mary, which had been treated with an illegal substance.
There has been a recent rise in such cases, police warned. The same week, a group of Romanians attempted to extort another elderly woman in Campi Bisenzio after kidnapping the woman's cat. The seven suspects demanded 20 euro in exchange for the feline. However, the woman called the police after she made an appointment to swap the cash for the pet, and the cat-nappers were nabbed.