Costa Blanca gang held over string of robberies

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Four conmen who robbed homes in the Alicante region Credit: Guardia Civil

FOUR conmen who robbed homes in the Alicante region posing as employees of an electricity company have been arrested.

Aged between 40 and 53 years-old, and local to the area, the detainees are accused of burglary, seven thefts, receiving stolen goods, fraud and of belonging to a criminal group responsible for acts committed in the towns of Castellón de la Plana, Valladolid, Tobarra and Villarrobledo.

The Specialized Crime Group (UDEV) of the National Police Force of Alicante and the Investigation Team of the Civil Guard of Hellín (Albacete) have been investigating the incidents since November 2017.

The operation was launched after the Civil Guard of Tobarra received a report of ‘a theft with force’ in which the culprits pretended to work for an electricity company to get into a house, where they stole jewellery and money.

They then noticed similarities in other offences, in which members of the criminal group made numerous, random telephone calls posing as employees of both electricity and gas companies in order to arrange appointments for an alleged review of facilities.

Dressed in various uniforms, they allegedly arrived at the properties, normally owned by an elderly resident, distracted the homeowner before searching for items to steal.

Two thefts in Valladolid, a crime of fraud and one of larceny in Castellón de la Plana, four crimes of larceny in Villarrobledo and a robbery with force in Tobarra have been clarified by officers. Investigations are continuing to trace stolen jewellery and other items.

The proceedings conducted by both bodies along with the detainees, have been presented to the Alicante Court of Instruction.

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