Portugal’s ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ finally arrested in Spanish city of Zamora

Image of Portuguese fugitives. Credit: [email protected]

Two criminals dubbed ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ after going on a robbery spree across Portugal and Spain have been arrested in the city Spanish of Zamora.

 

As reported in a statement from the Guardia Civil today, Sunday, August 14, a nationwide alert asking citizens to help trace a wanted couple paid off and has now been cancelled. A couple dubbed ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ had gone on a robbery spree across Portugal and into Spain.

The Guardia Civil launched its appeal last Wednesday, August 10, asking the public to keep an eye out for the two Portuguese fugitives, 40-year-old Nelida Cristina Alves, and 42-year-old Sidney Alberto Pereira.

After crossing the border from Portugal into Huelva on July 28, they were subsequently wanted in connection with at least four robberies committed in petrol stations in Sevilla, Toledo, and Badajoz in the next few days.

Using its official Twitter account, the Guardia Civil posted full information about the couple. They added two current images taken from security cameras in one of the premises they had recently robbed.

Although they were finally arrested in the Castile and Leon capital of Zamora in northwestern Spain, both the National Police and the Guardia Civil suspected that the Portuguese fugitives could still be in Seville.

Last Wednesday, August 10, a patrol car in the Bellavista district of the city had spotted a vehicle with two occupants fitting their description. The driver immediately fled at speed but was later detected again in another part of the city later the same day.

At 3:50pm on Saturday, August 6, the security cameras of a hamburger restaurant in Alameda de Hercules captured a couple who could be them.

According to official police sources, the hunt came to an end last night, Saturday, August 13. National Police officers arrested the fugitives in a shopping centre in Zamora after they were recognised by an observant citizen.

They are currently in custody in the Zamora Provincial Police Station although due to the complexity of the investigation due to the volume of criminal acts attributed to them, they are not expected to appear in court yet.

Reports in the Portuguese media have hinted that the couple could have also been involved in a triple crime that occurred in Portugal at the end of July. No further information has emerged because the case is under summary secrecy, as reported by diariodesevilla.es.

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Chris King

Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]

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