By Cathy Elelman • 03 December 2019 • 18:00
VICTIMS: The mugger picked on women of an advanced age.
CREDIT: Guardia Civil Almeria
GUARDIA Civil have arrested a suspected serial thief targeting elderly women in the Nijar area.
The Guardia said they have connected the 22-year old to up to 17 crimes, including violent muggings.
The mugger picked on women of an advanced age, keeping an eye on them until they were on their own, then grabbing their handbags. In one attack the victim suffered injuries requiring an operation.
According to the Guardia, after carrying out a series of attacks the suspect shaved his head and left the area to try and avoid police detection. However, he went back to commit more crimes, this time stealing from vehicles.
In one of the thefts he took a bank book which he used a number of times to take money out of a cashpoint in Sorbas.
Thanks to technology, investigators were able to establish the individual withdrawing the cash with the bank book was the same person as the mugger. They caught up with the suspect at the end of November, also charging him with breaking and entering.
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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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