OFFICERS of the National Police have broken up a gang of criminals in Benalmadena who had been involved in breaking and entering commercial properties in the area and have arrested five people, two of them minors.
The investigation started after there was a sudden increase in the number of break-ins at bars, restaurants and warehouses, all taking place in quiet streets and at properties without security systems or alarms.
The bulk of these robberies took place at daybreak with the gang forcing locks, bars or doors and the robbers removed any cash left on the property as well as computers, television, food and drink before fleeing to local ‘bolt holes.’
As the investigation continued, it was discovered that one of the gang worked for a company selling security systems, so he passed on information concerning unprotected establishments to the leader of the gang a 33-year-old male who chose the targets.
With the arrest of the five people, it is believed that 19 robberies and four attempted robberies in Benalmadena have now been solved.