When an inoffensive looking grandfather walks into a shop with a firearm and demands the contents of the till, one can be forgiven for being a little taken aback.
The firearm is a replica and he has not always been successful with his spontaneous transactions but last Friday was one of those occasions when he was… except for the part about being arrested.
It was seven in the evening in Armilla when a patrol belonging to the Policia Local arrested a gentleman in his 60s after he had allegedly attempted to hold up a supermarket. When the officers told him that he was being arrested, he seemed quite happy with it.
His villainous disguise consisted of the obligatory face mask – obligatory because of the pandemic and not one of the kind that the Lone Ranger would wears. He was also wearing a flat cap and was not wearing gloves.
Apparently, a photo of him in action had been making the rounds on social media and one of the shop assistants recognised him from the online photo and immediately phoned the Policía Local.
The shop assistant could have saved himself the bother and phoned the Guardia Civil directly, because that is what the municipal police did.
Both the Guardia Civil and the Policía Nacional had been after the suspect since the beginning of the year, which is when he launched his light-fingered career. Since then, he has allegedly carried out seven armed robberies in Armilla, targeting bakeries (he had a predilection for them) but in all cases his booty was not enough to retire on. In fact, on at least one occasion he had walked away with nothing as the victim’s till was empty.
Apart from the mickey-mouse gun, he was polite, never raised his voice nor threatened violence; just a kindly gent waving an optimistic gun and offering apologies for the inconvenience.
(News: Armilla, Metropolitan Granada, Andalucia)