Policia Nacional last week detained six men and one woman, all of Romanian nationality and with numerous police records, in the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, allegedly to belong to a criminal group of pickpockets. The seven have previously been arrested in Maspalomas, Puerto de la Cruz, Barcelona, Lloret de Mar in Costa Brava, Guía de Isora in Tenerife and Tías in Lanzarote.
Following the first allegations of thefts involving foreigners in tourist areas, police officers began an investigation that allowed them to identify several individuals, reportedly with countless previous police records for similar offences. A series of surveillance operations and follow-ups were established, which resulted in the discovery of a travelling criminal group consisting of seven individuals, six men and one woman, who acted in a coordinated manner. They were operating in tourist areas and chose elderly foreigners and with mobility problems as victims. In all cases the members of the group extracted the most valuable belongings, such as mobiles, tablets, wallets and credit cards.
Thanks to the first complaints, four of the members of the group, who were staying in a hostel in the municipality of Santa Lucia de Tirajana, were identified and detained. Three other members were spotted while trying to leave the island in a rental vehicle with lots of personal effects, mobiles, electronic tablets, bank cards and cash thought to have come from illicit sources.
This group has been connected to at least 26 crimes of robbery committed in the south of the island, although it has not been ruled out that they participated in more cases. The effects recovered in the intervention are being returned to their rightful owners. Some of the detainees have up to 46 police records for similar events in many tourist municipalities throughout Spain.
Once the corresponding police report was obtained, the detainees were placed at the disposal of the competent Judicial Authority. At the same time, on the part of officials assigned to the Local Brigade of Aliens (foreigners) and Documentation in Maspalomas, requests for their expulsion were filed for reasons of public order.
The police investigation was conducted by agents of the property offences group of the Local Brigade of the Judicial Police Station in Maspalomas.
Job well done.