A FRENCH couple on holiday on the Costa has reported the theft of €120,000 worth of items from their hotel bedroom safe while they were having dinner downstairs.
The victims, a 41-year-old businessman and his wife, told the Guardia Civil that they had gone down for dinner in the restaurant of the luxurious five-star Melia La Quinta hotel in Benahavis, where they were spending two weeks on holiday, at 8.15pm and when the wife returned to the room at 11.15pm she found the door locked and chained from the inside.
After calling her husband and hotel staff, an employee climbed over the balcony from a neighbouring room and opened the door, at which point the victims found their possessions had been tampered with.
Burglars had forced the balcony door open with a crowbar and ripped the safe from its fittings inside a wardrobe.
Inside the safe, the couple told officers, they had stored €100,000 worth of jewellery including a gold and diamond watch valued at €35,000, other Bulgari and Rolex watches, earrings, rings and gold necklaces.
Along with the jewellery, the official report to the police also mentioned €18,000 in cash, two iPhones, an Apple laptop and the family’s passports.
The businessman told officers that he had not seen anyone suspicious loitering near their room but suspected somebody had information on what was stored in the safe and admitted he was insured but claimed he did not know whether his policy would cover break-ins.
Hotel sources meanwhile explained they had moved the couple to another room and were doing everything possible to assist the couple and police in their investigations.