By Oisin Sweeney •
Published: 11 Dec 2020 • 20:27
A MASSIVE police operation took place in Sevilla on Friday to recover the gun stolen from a Guardia Civil officer on Thursday afternoon.
The gun was stolen from a parked police car in the Carretera Amarilla industrial area in the east of Sevilla, alongside a set of handcuffs and an extendable baton. The theft was perpetrated by two men, and their blue Volvo S60 was captured on CCTV fleeing the scene.
National Police, the Guardia Civil, and the Local Police of Sevilla launched a massive joint operation across the Andalucian capital on Friday to recover the firearm. The registration plates of the thieves’ vehicle led officers to a residential neighborhood east of the city centre, where they spotted the getaway car.
The driver of the vehicle fled, hitting an officer in his escape who was taken to hospital with mild injuries. Shortly after a woman rang a police hotline to report that the stolen equipment had been dumped in an abandoned lot in the nearby Madre de Dios neighbourhood.
Police recovered the firearm and other equipment, and are currently hunting two men aged 65 and 40 in connection with the theft and hit-and-run. Detectives suspect the thieves may have exchanged the gun for drugs with local gangs in the low-income area, who ditched the firearm due to the high profile operation.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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