DESPITE the arrest of two British men in 2016 who were involved in regular attacks on cash machines using explosives, the attacks continued and a joint operation was mounted by officers of the Guardia Civil and National Police which has now resulted in the arrest of four Spaniards.
The four men aged between 26 and 33 are believed to have been involved in attacks on at least 12 cash machines, seven in Malaga, four in Granada and one in Madrid and during the course of investigations raids on five properties in Malaga and three in Madrid were undertaken.
These properties revealed a selection of illegally held items including explosives, two firearms, 100 cartridges, oxygen cylinders, 188 fireworks, a stun gun, 130 kilos of hashish, 62 grams of cocaine and a stolen motorcycle.
It was established by the officers that the gang used two different methods of removing the cash machines from the banks, either by attacking with oxygen acetylene gas or by simply using explosives with three people being arrested in Malaga and the fourth in Madrid.
Even with the arrests, there are still reports being received of recent attacks on cash machines in Malaga Province.