The Torrevieja-based trio robbed stores in locations including the Orihuela Costa

Three people have been arrested in Torrevieja accused of being part of a criminal organisation, suspected of thefts from up to 16 shops in less than a week.

The group, who shared a house in Torrevieja, stole cell phone chargers, hard drives, external batteries and even food from stores in Elche, Orihuela Costa, Sant Vicent del Raspeig and Alicante.

After stealing from the shops, the three would separate so as to evade capture.However, police caughtup with the first, a 48-year-old man, and arrested him  whilst he was driving the vehicle used to commit a crime. Inside the car, officers located objects identified as stolen from up to seven different stores, and several tools to circumvent the alarms. Once he was brought to court however, he was released with charges pending.

The officers continued with the search of the other two, who in the two days after the arrest of their partner, are believed to have continued their campaign, committing thefts in nine more establishments.

The officers then arrested these last two, aged 25 and 61, as alleged perpetrators of a crime of belonging to a criminal group.

After being taken to court, they too have been released with charges pending.

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