Spanish police bust gang of safe-crackers suspected of stealing gold bar and high-end jewellery during lockdown crime spree

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Spanish police have busted a gang of safe-crackers suspected of stealing a gold bar and high-end jewellery during a lockdown crime spree.

ACCORDING to National Police, the “highly professional” seven suspects specialised in overriding security systems using “frequency inhibitors and oxyfuel torches” to open safes.

They have been charged with seven burglaries in Zamora and Madrid.

The gang, all from Madrid targeted a jewellers, a DIY store and five companies before and during lockdown.

After sabotaging alarms they managed to steal €155,000, a gold bar and jewellery.

The investigation began in January after a company in Zamora was broken into and €90,000 in cash secured in a safe was stolen.

In March, the same gang is believed to have struck at a business in Rivas Vaciamadrid, where a 300-gram gold bar, valued at €11,000, 18 gold rings worth €2,500 and €1,800 in cash was taken.

The detainees are also charged with two attempted robberies at a jewellers and an advertising studio in the centre of Madrid, and are linked to a break-in last December where watches and other “high-end” items valued at more than €50,000 were taken from a safe.

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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.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.

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