TWO Romanians have been arrested for touring Spain posing as beggars as cover for them stealing mobile phones from shops.
Alicante Guardia Civil say the detainees stole at least 20 phones from shops in Alicante Crevillent, Alcoy, Albatera, Santa Pola, Elche, Elda, Orihuela and Ibi, in the Valencian cities of Mislata, Chiva, Gandia, Utiel and Valencia city, in Cartagena, San Javier and the capital of Murcia, ias well as Villacastín (Segovia) and Castrojeriz (Burgos).
They were located and captured, thanks to a tip-off when they were driving in a high-end vehicle near Crevillent, according to a statement from the police.
The agents found hidden in the car 18 phones whose value exceeds €9,000, with the detainees being accused of a total of 20 crimes against heritage and another of belonging to a criminal organisation.
In addition, the owner of the car, also Romanian, has been investigated for alleged membership of a criminal organisation.
The 18 recovered mobile phones have already been returned to their owners, while the three men have been released with charges by a court.