A six-strong gang of house robbers that operated across urbanisations in Torrevieja have been arrested by the Guardia Civil. One of the gang members had only been released from prison back in October, after serving out a prior sentence for robbery, with the group having been previously detained months earlier on burglary charges.
Five of the crooks, were male and of Spanish nationality, aged between 24 and 34, along with a 23-year old woman. They targeted the La Siesta, El Chaparral, San Luis, El Limonar and Paraje Natural areas, with the Guardia getting reports at the end of November of a systematic series of burglaries.
The gang, who all live in Torrevieja, have been charged with 10 robberies as well as assault and drug trafficking. The Guardia say they broke into as many as five homes in one evening. In one case, they smashed a window to gain access and were surprised to see the residents inside, who they then proceeded to attack. In another instance, a witness to one of their crimes was violently assaulted, as they fled from a home with the stolen goods.
A search of two Torrevieja addresses yielded a host of stolen items reported by victims of the gang, including three large-screen televisions, a laptop computer, and various other electrical items. The Guardia discovered various implements that were used to force into people’s homes, as well as a quantity of drugs and a measuring scale that was hidden amongst some toys.