‘Huggers’ arrested for stealing from elderly on Costa del Sol

ARRESTED: Gang used 'hugging' method to distract victims - file photograph

POLICE have arrested two Romanians in Marbella who were using ‘hugging’ or ‘affectionate’ theft methods.

Officers swooped on the two when they tried to steal a high-end watch from an elderly man in San Pedro de Alcantara.

The man and woman, aged 33 and 24, are believed to belong to a criminal network of Romanian origin.

Women would for approaching potential victims – usually elderly people – and, after pretending to know them or asking them for a favour, would take advantage of the opportunity to steal their valuables.

National Police made the arrests in a shopping centre parking area in San Pedro de Alcantara when they saw a woman go to the car of an elderly man. While engaging in a conversation, she grabbed his watch and tried to steal it.

Officers arrested the pair and recovered the car that was used to transport the thieves and other effects including  €750 euros in cash and two phones.

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