GUARDIA CIVIL officers have arrested four individuals accused of ransacking tourists after tracking their rental vehicles as they left Malaga airport.
The Eastern European bandits allegedly held a series of stake-outs close to the airport exit, shadowing selected rental cars to their destinations before breaking into the vehicles and plundering the contents.
A number of the smash-and-grabs took place in Mijas, while others occurred in shopping centre car parks, with luggage, handbags, and other belongings among the items reported stolen.
Police investigations culminated in identification of a vehicle used by the gang in position near the arrivals terminal, with the three occupants eventually detained after they initially scarpered in different directions when approached by officers.
One of the arrested men was in possession of an awl used to force open car doors and boots, while a fourth individual was later apprehended based on additional police surveillance.