WORKING with the Swiss Federal Police, officers of the Guardia Civil have arrested a 73-year-old Italian crook in Tenerife.
He was wanted by the Swiss police after committing a particularly nasty kidnap in Zurich where he drew a pistol on the manager of a jewellery store, went to his home and taped and blindfolded the man’s wife and young daughter.
After drugging them, he sexually assaulted the daughter, and placed rucksacks on the back of all three, saying that they contained explosives and unless they did as they were told he would kill them all.
The father was made to open up the shop and hand over a large amount of jewellery to the crook who then took the family to a local train station and released them, removing the rucksacks.
Once the local police were alerted to the robbery, they checked CCTV in the area and the robber who had been involved in the murder of someone in 1997 as well as being known for a number of violent thefts in the past was identified.
It was believed that he had fled to Spain and the Guardia Civil and other departments were circulated with information about the man who it was thought could be in a camper van.
Officers discovered that he was indeed living in a motorhome in Arona in the Canary Islands and when he was arrested, officers discovered a gun with ammunition as well as a significant amount of jewellery, some from Switzerland and some from an unknown but suspected robbery.