Rome. Half past five in the morning. Two jewellers get into their car with the new collection they are taking to Munich for a jewellery fair. These are the entrepreneurs, the kind of Italian family firm that makes up so much of the Italian economy through thick and thin. The brothers are armed - as they should be carrying 75 million euros-worth of preziosi.
They note a white van as they drive up the ramp from the garage and are ready when it is rammed into the side of their car. Before the pistol-waving robbers can wrench open the car doors the brother in the passenger seat has shot two of them - one dead and another wounded.
That jewellers and gold couriers go armed is widely known and wholly accepted; the brothers have not been detained or charged. The third robber is being hunted by Carabinieri throughout the neighbourhood - they are even using helicopters over nearby open countryside. There has merely been an official announcement that the dead robber was a Roman and had a long criminal record.
"Speak as you eat." is the Roman saying. So they did.
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