By John Smith •
Published: 09 Jun 2020 • 10:21
Bringing the alleged burglars in for questioning
Credit: Guardia Civil
AFTER an investigation that lasted several months, officers of the Guardia Civil based in Velez-Malaga have arrested 10 individuals who they believe had been robbing houses and restaurants in Axarquia.
Most of those arrested lived in the town of Alcaucín in Malaga Province and apart from selling much of what they had stolen, a number had kept the best pieces of furniture and installed them in their own premises.
In most cases, the alleged criminals drove up to properties when they were unattended and broke in, stealing anything they considered to be of value, but in one case, they impersonated police officers.
The owner of the property did not believe their story and managed to escape by climbing a wall, although he damaged his leg in the process.
In all, officers believe that those arrested were responsible for 19 separate break-ins and thefts.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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