STOLEN JAMON SPAIN: SHOPLIFTER IN CALPE ARRESTED AFTER A LEG OF JAMON WAS FOUND HIDDEN IN BAGGY CLOTHING

Shoplifter in Calpe arrested after a leg of Jamón was found hidden in baggy clothing Credit: Guardia Civil

THE GUARDIA CIVIL have investigated in Calp, Costa Blanca, three men and one woman, all of Spanish nationality of 49, 45, 36 and 32 years respectively, as alleged perpetrators of a continuing crime of theft.

Following a press release by the Guardia Civil, Euro Weekly News can confirm that in less than an hour, the individuals stole “gourmet” products from three supermarkets worth 500 euros.

The individuals had embarked on what it seemed their “particular Christmas campaign,”

The incident, as also reported by La Marina Plaza, took place last week when suspicious activity was noted by undercover agents in the town of Penyal.

The agents observed how one individual remained in a car whilst the others went to and fro from the supermarkets unloading their haul into the vehicle on each return trip.

The Guardia Civil arrested the four suspects after the third haul of Christmas goodies.

All the products had been fraudulently removed, using baggy clothes to hide the stolen items as they passed through the checkout line.

The most startling find was a “very large” cured pig leg, which, given that an average Jamón weighs 7,5 kg and can be up to 90 cm long, it’s a wonder how the individual left the shop without causing suspicion.

It is believed the stolen items including: food products from leading brands such as chocolates, ham cases, gels, hair conditioners, perfume and make-up bottles, were intended to be resold on the black market.

The four suspects, charged with theft, have been released pending trial.

 

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