Arrested for stealing fighting cocks at gunpoint on Spain’s Costa del Sol

Fighting cocks were stolen.

FIVE people have been arrested after they held up a farmer at gunpoint and stole an undisclosed number of fighting cocks. 

Police believe the roosters, which can fetch prices of up to €4,000, were destined to be sold for illegal cock fighting. 

Guardia Civil say the gang was responsible for a string of burglaries and robberies at farms in and around Coin, inland from Spain’s Costa del Sol. 

Operation Siringe was initiated following complaints from several farmers in the Guadalhorce Valley, detected. A group of people was involved in stealing all kinds of goods and equipment from the farms, including Spanish fighting cocks. 

During one of their raids they were surprised by the farmer. They pointed a gun at him before stealing the fighting cocks. 

Police investigations led to four homes in the Fuensanta de Coín district, where they seized several knives, an illegal .22-calibre rifle and various items of equipment from the robberies. A total of five people were arrested for the alleged crimes of robbery with force, theft with violence and intimidation, and illegal possession of weapons as well as belonging to a criminal organisation. 

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