BRITISH expat Elliot Higgins has claimed that his car was stolen by a Spanish couple in Andalucia, and he was shocked to discover the robbers then committed ‘at least 38 crimes’ in his vehicle, and journeyed all over Europe.
Mr Higgins’ car was reported stolen from his home in Cadiz in southern Spain after two prospective buyers took the vehicle for a ‘test drive’ and never returned.
Mr Higgins’ Ford was returned to his home by police three weeks later, although the car had travelled an additional 14,000 kilometres and had been used to commit ‘at least 38 crimes’ in countries all over Europe.
Mr Higgins’ originally from Crawley, said that the couple stole his car while he stopped for petrol in the middle of a test drive.
The car was finally discovered in Alafar, Valencia.
However, a police scan of the vehicle’s GPS system showed it had been driven through six countries, France, Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic, reaching as far away as Poland before making the return trip to Spain.
The vehicle had also been linked to 38 crimes in Spain alone with offences ranging from a sex attack, drug dealing and armed robbery.
Guardia Civil believe the ‘Bonnie and Clyde’-esque couple is connected to a ‘motorcycle theft ring’ in Spain.
One of the alleged offenders, a woman known only as Julia, is thought to be active on social media, with a post appearing recently showing off a stash of €50 euro notes on the account.
However, police are yet to arrest any suspects in their ongoing investigation.