The Italian Almanac



Three men are under investigation for aggravated assault and robbery after stealing cowbells from a 90-year-old woman in the northern Italian town of Gressan near Aosta. The collection of engraved cowbells and embroidered collars worth 20,000 euros stolen at the beginning of February was found hidden under a highway overpass near where they were stolen.

Police allege that the robbery was commissioned by 66-year-old Renato Quendoz and involved two other men, one of whom is still at large. Three men entered the home of 90-year-old Cornelia Betral, the widow of a well-known cattle farmer, bound and gagged the woman and escaped with the valuable collectors' items, said investigators.

The bells, considered collectors items, have been returned to the owner.