Visit to Costa Blanca hospital lands suspected robbers in custody

SUSPECTS: Two men were arrested on suspicion of robbery while receiving treatment for a foot injury. CREDIT: Wikipedia

TWO suspected robbers were arrested at San Juan University Hospital while one of them received treatment for a foot injury, believed to have been sustained while breaking into a home in Muchamiel.

A witness to the alleged crime contacted police with a good description of the pair, having heard ‘loud noises in the courtyard’ of a neighbouring property. According to reports, the witness said he saw a man limping, ‘apparently badly wounded’, while a second male went to his aid.

Staff at the hospital confirmed one of two men was being treated for a foot injury as a result of a fall. After identifying the suspects, officers searched them and discovered the keys for a high-end car stolen from Malaga, which was parked in the hospital car park.

Inside the vehicle, police reportedly found jewellery worth €10,000, €300 in cash, several tools, a torch and gloves.

Police sources confirmed the items ‘came from at least one robbery with force’.

The Guardia Civil is now investigating the relationship between the 36-year-old Spaniard and the 31-year-old from Panama. According to police sources, there has been a reduction in the number of thefts in Muchamiel since their arrest on January 21. They are awaiting a trial date.

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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