Guardia Civil in Pilar de la Horadada have arrested 4 men, two Algerians and two Moroccans aged between 25 and 43, and are investigating two more (a Moroccan aged 35 and a Spaniard aged 44) for allegedly committing more than 40 robberies using force at people’s homes and all kinds of other property crimes.
Having noticed since 2016 there was an increase in robberies at homes in Orihuela Costa and Torrevieja, the Guardia Civil started investigating. The robberies were causing a lot of concern to people in the area as in most of the cases the inhabitants were inside at the time.
First the officers searched a home in Torrevieja and confiscated various suspicious items, including some that had been reported stolen. They also confiscated homemade tools to force open locks.
Then in May they investigated a person for allegedly receiving stolen goods, in the process recovering one of the latest Apple mobile phones.
Officers searched two homes, in Molina de Segura and San Pedro del Pinatar (Murcia), where they arrested two men, a Moroccan and an Algerian, and seized watches, designer bags, laptop computers, mobile phones, a TV, an iPod, cameras, headphones and data storage devices.
One of the suspects had a kit for checking the quality of gold and diamonds. There were also three blocks of hashish weighing 239 grams, 4.5 grams of cocaine and precision scales.
In the house were notes with the victims’ credit card numbers that were used later to buy mobile phones and then sell them on second had.
It is estimated that the gang made at least €150,000.
The gang broke into houses by inserting something between the door and the frame to open the catch when it had not been properly locked with a key. The Guardia Civil warned people to make sure they lock their doors day and night, especially when they go to sleep and even more so during the summer.