By Cathy Elelman • 22 March 2019 • 15:45
PROFESSIONAL: The gang could get in and out of a premises in half a minute. Photo credit: Guardia Civil
A CRIMINAL gang responsible for a series of robberies in the Alpujarras has been stopped in its tracks.
Guardia Civil arrested five Eastern Europeans living in Almeria, who the authorities believe broke into at least 19 shops and restaurants, three in this province and 16 in Granada, between September last year and February. The Guardia estimates the gang amassed around €32,000 from the 19 break-ins.
The Guardia said the gang acted quickly and efficiently, capable of breaking into an establishment in and getting back out within 30 seconds. Prior to hitting a target they cased the premises, using a hidden camera to film the location of the cash registers and items of value, like computers. They then used specialist tools to force open locks, frequency sensors to open automatic doors and signal jammers to deactivate alarms.
Raids on the gang members’ homes in Almeria, Roquetas and El Ejido led to the discovery of an illegal electricity connection to power a bitcoin mining pool, leading to additional charges of defrauding the power supply, as well as of falsifying documents.
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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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