On the morning of the robbery the Paseo de Sancha in Malaga capital looked like an urban warfare game was taking place.
In reality the National Police were in the process of stopping a bank robbery.
The two robbers got into the bank through a hole they had made in an adjacent wall and then tied up the employees before proceeding to steal as much cash as they could get their hands on.
The police caught one as he was running down the road, trying to escape, and the other while hiding in the building next door, from where they had made the hole. Neither man got away with the €69,000 loot.
When the police removed their balaclava helmets they saw two well-known faces; Miguel, AKA “El Barriguita”, 60, who has an extensive record including an arrest for armed robbery in the 80’s for which he served prison time.
His partner in crime was Jose Miguel, 56, with whom he had forged a friendship in prison.
After investigation the police realised that, due to an identical MO, these two were also responsible for a robbery in a BBVA bank in 2012 in which they got away with €126,000.
Their suspicions were confirmed when they searched Miguel’s house and found notes on the robbery as well as masks and latex gloves.
The two men will stand trial for at least two counts of armed robbery, the police are continuing their investigations.