The Catalan regional police, together with the Policía Nacional, arrested two bank robbers aged 73 and 80-years old.
The two arrested men allegedly entered the banks bearing firearms and reflective clothing. Then they would tie up the bank staff, grab as much as money as they could and then make good their escape.
Both men are South Americans and are thought to be behind two armed robberies in Barcelona, during which they made off with 32,000 and 45,000 euros. Two other men were arrested in relation to the bank jobs, although their ages were not disclosed. One of them had been accompanying one of the robbers when he was about to carry out another bank raid, but this time in Madrid.
The other man, who shared accommodation with one of the robbers was found to be in possession of a large amount of drugs, as the property was being used as an indoor plantation for hashish.
The police had been investigating their first bank raid when two months later they carried out another one – in both cases the bank robbers were elderly, wore reflective work gear and were armed with pistols. Witnessed said that they had South American accents although one of them could possibly have been Italian.
With this last clue the Spanish police contacted their Italian counterparts and managed to identify the suspects, both of whom had extensive criminal records in this type of crime. They also worked out where they were living and carryied out raids on their homes; one in Madrid and the other in El Vendrell (Tarragona).
(News: Tarragona/Madrid, Spain)