Watch out for motorway trick in Cataluña region

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READERS beware!

Somebody crouching near a vehicle’s back wheel at a motorway rest area or tollbooth isn’t concerned about its tyres.

This person will be giving one of the tyres a slow puncture so that when the driver has to halt a few kilometres further down the motorway, gang members have an excuse to stop to “help.”

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Meanwhile others will take whatever they can from the interior at the same time that the distracted car-owner is probably thanking them.

Often victims do not realise until later that they have been robbed, said police in Cataluña.

The regional Mossos d’Esquaudra force have now posted a warning video on the social media, showing different versions of the scam in action,


These gangs particularly like to pick on foreign-registered vehicles and the Mossos advised drivers to stay put inside their locked vehicles and call the police if faced with any kind of suspicious occurrence on a motorway or main road.

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