Gang held over Murcia cash machine muggings

THREE people were arrested in Murcia accused of robbing unsuspecting bank customers as they withdrew money from cash machines. So far they have been charged with nine violent robberies of this nature carried out in Murcia City in the past 12 months.

The victims of cash machine muggings of this type tend to target elderly people. Two of the three are Spanish while the third is of Venezuelan nationality. The alleged muggers would follow their victims once they identified they fit the profile and had withdrawn cash, to an isolated location where they would assault them and steal the cash.

Police seized clothes and some items believed to have been stolen from victims during raids at the homes of the three suspects. Investigators have not ruled out this gang being behind more robberies elsewhere in Spain. Among the suspects is a Spanish man known as ‘Sabonis’ a known criminal who served a prison sentence for killing a police officer in Madrid in 1996, according to Spanish daily El Mundo.

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