Police Foil Plot to Kidnap Fendi Sister

United Press International

Investigators have uncovered a plot to kidnap one of the five sisters who run Italy's Fendi fashion empire, police sources said Wednesday.

The plan came to light over the weekend when police found a piece of paper bearing the names of the five Fendi sisters at a kidnap gang's hide-out in the rugged countryside near Rome.

Police raided the cave hide-out Saturday, arresting eight suspected gang members and freeing a rich cattle dealer, Gianni Comper, after 110 days of captivity.

One of the sisters, Paola Fendi, was told of the plan during a visit to Rome police headquarters Wednesday.

The other sisters, who own and, with their husbands, run the leather, fur and clothing business inherited from their mother, are Anna, Carla, Franca and Alda.

Among those arrested Saturday was Salvatore Cavada, 31, who was charged with four abductions including the kidnap of Bulgari jewelry dynasty heiress Maria Bulgari Calassoni and her son, Giorgio.

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