Pickpockets Arrested

Four Romanian citizens have been arrested for the alleged theft of a wallet containing 650 euro belonging to an elderly man.

GRA Romanian Pickpockets Arrested SP21Those arrested, two men and two women aged between 18 and 40, targeted the 76-year-old man as he came out of the bank on the Camino de Ronda in the city of Granada after withdrawing 600 euros from his account.

The incident took place around 10.00h on Thursday the 9th.

He was walking home when he realised that his wallet was no longer in the back pocket of his trousers, which had been buttoned down.

It was as he was standing there wondering where his wallet was that a person who was opening his nearby business premises commented that he has seen how four people had lifted his wallet and passed it between them to throw off suspicion from the person who had actually pick-pocketed the victim.

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The victim approached two of them who were closest and asked for his wallet back but they denied having anything to do with his wallet. For this reason the elderly victim phoned the police number 091 but in the meantime several bystanders stopped the couple from leaving the scene of the incident. The other two suspects were able to make good their escape.

The police questioned the couple who denied having the wallet but a movement made by the woman – adjusting her undergarments – made the police suspect that she was hiding something in her bra. At the police station a female officer searched the suspect and found 320 euros in her bra. The wallet with his I.D, etc was later found on the street and returned to its owner.

Eventually the other two were located and arrested. The 40-year-old man had been previously arrested in August in Granada for the same offence. He had been released pending trial.

Editorial comment: this man should have been deported the first time round. It doesn’t matter what nationality your are, be you Romanian, British or Outer-Mongolian; if you commit a crime you’re out for good and don’t come back.

(News: City & Metropolitan Area, Granada, Andalucia)

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