Two Moroccans were arrested by the Guardia Civil, as part of Operación Mohumi, in Carchuna in connection with thefts of valuables from parked cars.
The two men, aged 20 and 23, both with “police records” allegedly broke into beachgoer’s cars parked above Playa Rijana, between Calahonda and Castell de Ferro. The men had allegedly stolen watches, mobile phones, laptops, etc, the Guardia Civil reported.
The arrest came after a car chase when they attempted to avoid a road check that had been placed to stop them. The charges against them, therefore, include ‘dangerous driving.’
Reports of car break-ins in this area, mostly filed by foreign tourists, led the police to mount the before-mentioned police operation in February, which is when the thefts started.
The parking area for Playa Rijana is well out of sight from the beach, being above and behind, next to the N-340 – pedestrian access is through a tunnel under the main road. You can see the parking area, just above the road in the top, left-hand side of the article photograph.
It was on the 9th of this month that the Guardia Civil staked out the parking area from a nearby pine grove using binoculars. When the saw the suspects pull up and get out and immediately smash the side window of a parked car, they alerted the rest of the unit, describing what they were wearing and what they were driving.
The police set up a road check at the entrance to Calahonda to intercept them. The Moroccans first slowed the car to put the police off their guard and then accelerated past – it was a standard road-check arrangement; not a road block, otherwise the tailback would have alerted them to something being up.
The sped off, jumping for sets of traffic lights in red before being stopped at a road block three kilometres on in Carchuna.
Here’s a short tourist promotional video which shows the beach and its access. Ignore the idiot snorkelling in the first seconds of the video.
(News: Carchuna/Castell, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)