AN EXPATRIATE has been held after putting a flat he was renting on the Costa del Sol up for sale before accepting a €12,000 deposit on the property.
The unnamed Italian man, 40, also tried to sell a second home owned by his landlord after stealing the keys and making off with sports equipment worth ‘thousands of euros,’ according to reports.
Police launched a probe after the owner reported that the two apartments in Torremolinos had appeared on the market without his consent.
They visited the estate agent listing the properties, where the managers claimed that they had no idea about the scam.
But they did admit that one of the flats had already been sold, with the deposit of €12,000 already handed to the suspect after he presented a forged letter authorising him to do so.
Investigators then swooped on the culprit’s home, where they found eight sets of skiing equipment and ten golf clubs stolen from the other property, plus €2,100 in cash.
He has been charged with fraud, falsifying official documents and robbery.