Gang of thieves trailed tourist vehicles from airport before stealing their luggage

LAWLESS: The posse burgled a slew of tourists.

GUARDIA CIVIL officers have arrested four individuals accused of ransacking tourists after tracking their rental vehicles as they left Malaga airport.

The Eastern European bandits allegedly held a series of stake-outs close to the airport exit, shadowing selected rental cars to their destinations before breaking into the vehicles and plundering the contents.

A number of the smash-and-grabs took place in Mijas, while others occurred in shopping centre car parks, with luggage, handbags, and other belongings among the items reported stolen.

Police investigations culminated in identification of a vehicle used by the gang in position near the arrivals terminal, with the three occupants eventually detained after they initially scarpered in different directions when approached by officers.

One of the arrested men was in possession of an awl used to force open car doors and boots, while a fourth individual was later apprehended based on additional police surveillance.

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    • Ifoster

      04 June 2016 • 04:21

      We were robbed by A gang of E Europeans in Barcelona as we left the ferry. Stabbed tyre on the main port roundabout. Then the gang were hiding in the car park.
      The 8 police were great. But! They said it was out of control! Never again for us,. More dangerous than Turkey

    • peter fieldman

      04 June 2016 • 05:46

      This is what the free movement of people is all about

    • peter fieldman

      04 June 2016 • 05:50

      They will probably be given short prison sentences as guests of the Spanish Government paid for by Spanish taxpayers and then start again. We need EU laws which give courts powers to deport all criminals back to their own countries with say a five year ban to return

    • Joshua

      08 June 2016 • 11:17

      sounds crazy to me that all of your friends have been burgled as well as your self!¿?
      I have lived in Marbella for 3 years now and it has been by far more safe and secure than the UK. I have a 24 hour security at my residence and never have had any problems with leaving either of my cars alone in the streets or in car-parks, a 1998 Peugeot 106 and a 2015 Audi A6. Maybe you attract that type of behavior by behaving vulnerable and touristy.

    • Christina Holder

      25 July 2016 • 12:15

      Have just been told that when our 4 suitcases were stolen from the boot of our car whilst my husband went to turn on the lights of our apartment in Feb 2016, and I was stood on the stairway, when my attention was diverted by 2 Romanian guys talking in angry tones to me, that our claim for all luggage has not been accepted because the car was left unattended in a secure gated community, on which a guard is stationed 24/7. Contents lost were around £2,500 and I don’t know what to do next. AXA PPP say I must get proof from Malaga Car Hire that the car was forcibly entered into. I did report it to Malaga carhire, but they said, there was nothing they could do, plus I don’t speak Spanish. Any suggestions how I might appeal this decision?

    • Christina Holder

      25 July 2016 • 12:25

      I have just be informed by my travel insurers, AXA PPP that our 4 suitcases containing everything we took on holiday on 27th February 2016 which was stolen from the boot of our car from a gated secure 24/7 urbanization in Spain with a guard at the barrier, has been declined, because whilst my husband got out of the car to switch the lights on in our apartment, and I was distracted by the angry chat of two Romanians loitering in the urbanization, whilst stood on a step leading to our apartment…..the car was left unattended! Whilst one of the two guys kept my attention focused, the other removed our luggage and when I turned my back on the other angry Romanian guy, they had the suitcases out and ran off of the complex behind the security gatehouse by the tennis courts and sped off in a waiting car. Any suggestions what I can do to appeal AXA PP their decision, or can I claim something from our Secure Gated Community Owner?


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