A MAJOR police raid to catch pickpockets operating on the Barcelona metro led to the identification of 70 repeat offenders and 23 arrests in just two hours.
All but one of the detainees was a foreigner: the 22 now face being deported back to their home countries.
More than 100 National Police and autonomous Catalan Mossos d‘Esquadra police officers took part in Tuesday’s operation to combat the important pickpocket problem on the city’s underground system.
An estimated 80 to 100 thieves prey on victims daily on the Catalan capital’s metro, according to Spanish press.
Police figures reveal there were nearly 19,000 reports of thefts on Barcelona’s transport system in the first seven months of the year, of which 30 per cent occurred on the metro