The Policía Nacional in Motril have uncovered two cases of false, mugging claims involving ‘stolen mobile phones.’
Both the statements made before the police by the ‘victims’ claimed that they had been waylaid in the street and threatened by an unsavoury character with a knife.
It is also worth pointing out that the two cases are in no way related, other than that they are false claims.
In the first case, a 20-year-old man said he had been confronted by four individuals with their faces covered, except for one of them, whom he recognised. They acquainted him with an assortment of knives, suggesting that his reaching a pensionable age depended upon his telephone rapidly changing ownership.
After investigating the incident the police discovered that it had not been a mugging but that he had lent the phone to a ‘friend’ who had not returned it; hence the bit about an assailant that he recognised.
In the case of the 18-year-old ‘victim,’ he claims that he was accosted by three individuals, one of whom pushed a knife up against his stomach and demanded his phone.
Again, after a little investigation it turned out that the lad had left his phone at a party in a cortijo.
Both men have been charged by the police for making false statements and will be going before a magistrate.
(News: Motril, Costa Tropical Granada, Andalucia)