Fake technicians arrested for robbery in Malaga


THREE people arrested in Malaga city have been remanded in prison charged with at least 26 robberies throughout the province and further afield.
They would pretend to be technicians for a well-known phone company in order to access the companies they planned to target in order to discover the location of alarms, cameras and safes.
They entered all kinds of businesses and stole anything from cars, designer clothes and jewellery to olive oil, cheese and ham. Once they knew the layout, they would enter via a hole in the wall, force locks and break into safes with blowtorches to also steal money.
The three men, aged 24, 29 and 36, first targeted a jewellery shop in Marbella in January from which they stole €40,000 in jewellery. They have been linked to a robbery committed in 2014 in which the items they used to dress themselves as technicians were stolen. Other businesses they allegedly robbed include a beauty clinic, a car dealership, a notary’s office in Torremolinos and a pizzeria in Marbella, as well as a public office in Malaga city where they got nothing as the safe was empty. Despite this, it was the complaint from that office which sped up the investigation, as the security guard recalled the visit from an alleged technician who had been interested in entering several rooms where there were no phone lines for him to fix. When the guard offered to accompany him, the man insisted there was no need, raising the security guard’s suspicions.

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