By Cathy Elelman •
Published: 09 Nov 2019 • 15:30
SUSPICIOUS: The Guardia concluded someone got into the bar using a key.
A SACKED employee is under arrest on suspicion of breaking into and robbing the Nijar bar where he used to work.
The Guardia Civil detained 47-year old M.H., a Nijar resident, for forcing open the establishment’s slot machine and cigarette dispenser and taking cartons of tobacco and cash.
When the bar owner reported the robbery, officers investigating the crime noted from inspecting the premises that the door had not been forced, leading to the conclusion that someone had got in using a copy of the key.
Interviews with the bar owner revealed he had allegedly had problems with a former worker. According to reports, after terminating his job contact he subsequently reported him for not paying back money he had been loaned and for failing to return the bar entry keys.
By this time the suspect’s exact whereabouts were unknown, but the Guardia managed to get hold of him by phone. He claimed he had been in Almeria city on the day of the break-in.
When officers did catch up with him and interview him face-to-face he admitted there was no love lost between him and the bar owner. What’s more, the Guardia said, he kept changing his account and contradicting himself.
On the basis of their investigations, the Guardia charged the 47-year old.
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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.
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