By Cathy Elelman •
Published: 15 May 2020 • 18:02
SUSPECT: Police reported the 49-year had been arrested on 18 previous occasions.
CREDIT: Policia Nacional Almeria
POLICE have cuffed a thief who had been nicking the contents of Almeria City church collection boxes.
The San Isidro Labrador church priest alerted the authorities to the robberies in mid-April after he was woken up one night by noises from inside the place of worship. When he went to check out where it was coming from he caught sight of someone jumping over a wall with the metal donation box which had been attached to the church door.
Witness descriptions led investigators to identity the 49-year-old suspect, who police said had carried out two similar thefts: one from the Santiago church and from the Virgen del Mar sanctuary in the same month.
It also turned out he has a lengthy criminal record, and had been detained by police on 18 previous occasions.
One time he was caught red-handed during a break-in at the Almeria Municipal Music School after he forced open an exterior shutter. Police officers found him crouched inside and carrying two stolen mobile phones.
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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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