By Catherine McGeer •
Published: 08 Feb 2024 • 18:00
Torre del Mar thief caught
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IN a significant breakthrough, the National Police have successfully apprehended a 44-year-old thief responsible for creating havoc among Torre del Mar businesses over the past three months. The suspect faces charges for 33 thefts and two violent robberies from September to January 29, the day of his arrest. The suspect quickly and discreetly grabbed medical supplies and olive oil as preferred items among other things.
The perpetrator triggered a wave of social alarm among local entrepreneurs, prompting them to establish a WhatsApp group with 80 members to share information on new cases. The investigation, carried out by the Judicial Police Brigade of the Vélez-Málaga Police Station, unveiled the suspect’s method of discreetly entering shops and swiftly grabbing these high-value items.
While most thefts were clean getaways, the police noted two instances of violence and intimidation. Surveillance footage and victim identifications played crucial roles in tracking down the recurrent offender, who has now been incarcerated following multiple arrests in recent months for property crimes.
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I am an Irish writer who has been living in Spain for the past twenty years. My writing centers around the Costa Cálida. As a mother I also write about family life on the coast of Spain and every now and then I try to break down the world of Spanish politics!
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