By Cathy Elelman • 11 March 2020 • 17:39
SIEZED: Tools of the trade
CREDIT: Guardia Civil Almeria
A CUEVAS del Almanzora man with a lengthy criminal record is under arrest for a series of robberies.
The Guardia Civil said officers intercepted him when he was walking along carrying a backpack full of different kinds of tools.
It turned out a Vera court had issued an arrest warrant for the man identified as G.M.R., leading to his detention.
Investigations into various break-ins in the area placed him at the scene of 10 forced entries into businesses, a residency for the elderly and cars. The Guardia also believe he was responsible for stealing €6,500 in cash and €2,600 in lottery tickets from inside a lorry.
In all the cases the thief had got in using a jack, lever or other implements. He acted at night, the Guardia said, emerging from hiding places like abandoned caves houses, flats, garages and constructions works clad in dark clothing and with the bag of tools.
The Guardia also reported he acted alone and took advantage of his familiarity with the local area to select promising targets and to get away without being detected.
During the course of the investigation it emerged that G.M.R. had a record for no less than 137 thefts and that he had been arrested on 17 previous occasions.
The Guardia have recovered some of the items stolen in the most recent robberies.
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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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