Italian investigators said on Tuesday that they had preventedÂ a criminal plotÂ to steal the body of automotive legend andÂ Formula One racing pioneer Enzo Ferrari. The scheme involved using two cars and a van, breaking into San Cataldo cemetery,Â absconding with the corpse, and then holding it for ransom.
Just imagine the incredible movie that would have resulted from the heist had the police not immediately foiled the plan. It would have equal parts The Italian Job and Weekend at Bernie’s.
According to Reuters, authoritiesÂ discovered the plan during a series of investigationsÂ relating to arms and drug traffickingÂ across Italy. Hundreds of military and police personnel conducted a string of raids, including some conducted by parachute, resulting in the arrest of dozens of mafia suspects in Sardinia, Lombardy, Tuscany, Veneto, and Emilia-Romagna in the process.
Several members of the group had apparently been plottingÂ to swipe Ferrari’s body in the near future. One had even done some preliminaryÂ scout work at the gravesite. After acquiring the coffin, the crew intended to hide in theÂ Apennine Mountains while demanding a ransom from the Ferrari family or company.
Thanks to swift action from the Italian military, Enzo’s body remains unmolestedÂ in an above-ground tomb in Modena, just sixteen miles from theÂ Ferrari plant at Maranello.Â HeÂ died on August 14th, 1988 at the ripe old age of 90.