By Cathy Elelman • 17 March 2019 • 11:00
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GUARDIA CIVIL police made six arrests as part of an investigation into more than 20 house break-ins in Turre, Vera and Los Gallardos.
One of the detainees is under 16 and a seventh individual is under investigation.
The Guardia launched Operation Turgal in December following a number of reported robberies from properties while the owners were not there. Information gathered during the investigations indicated the gang would do a recce of an area and possible targets, noting occupants’ movements and breaking-in when they went out.
It also became clear the thieves picked first-floor properties with balconies on which doors had been left partly open. One of the robbers would climb up and get in, taking jewellery and other small items so they could make a quick getaway.
Working in collaboration with Turre and Los Gallardos local police, Guardia kept a close eye on areas which were being targeted, especially over the Christmas and New Year period. The
Guardia also stressed the important part public collaboration had played in the operation, which eventually resulted in the identification of the suspects and the subsequent arrests.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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