Stolen Mini-Digger Recovered

Saturday, February 3, 2018
By Hugh MacArthur

SAL Guardia CivilTwo men aged 47 and 62 were arrested in Salobreña in connection with a stolen mini-digger that had disappeared in Motril.

The owner of the machine reported it stolen at the Policía Nacional police station in Motril on the 27th of April last year; he also reported it to the Guardia Civil.

As the Guardia Civil post in Salobreña is responsible for a large area and not just the municipality, they began the investigation and turned up the fact that a suspect had put up for sale a mini-digger, which together with the fact that the suspect also possessed keys to the property where the digger was kept, made him a number-one suspect.

They also discovered that there was a digger, whose description matched the missing on, being stored on a property in Lobres – it was being stored under a canvas.

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However, the Guardia Civil ascertained that the Lobres-property owner had purchased the machine in good faith – he believed that he had bought a mini-digger that had been de-registered at Tráfico and was scheduled to be scrapped. He had signed a purchase agreement with one of the suspects.

Further investigation turned up that one of the suspects had used a key to the property of the rightful owner to enter and load up the mini-digger onto a flatbed lorry and transport it to Lobres.

The moral of the story is, if you have to chose between the Guardia Civil and any other police force to get the job done, then this article should provide you the answer.

(News: Salobrena, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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