ACTING jointly, officers from the Guardia Civil and National Police have arrested nine related Iranians (four women and five men) in Benidorm who have been stealing goods, mainly from tourists, whilst masquerading as police officers.
Working in pairs, with blue led lights placed in their cars, they targeted tourists in a range of towns in Costa Blanca, stopping them, frisking them and then often beating them up before stealing their valuables.
They only targeted any particular area for a few days and changed cars on a regular basis in order to escape detection, but in the end the combined police forces found them in two properties in Benidorm where they were arrested.
Large amounts of cash and other valuables including watches and jewellery were discovered during the raids as well as three vehicles and now officers are attempting to find the victims of at least 15 robberies with violence.
The gang will be charged with belonging to a criminal group, holding false documents, robbery with violence, money laundering and in at least four cases, illegal entry into Spain with at least four detained in prison under instruction from the court in Denia.