Suspect held for breaching lockdown rules to break into 16 shops and restaurants in Costa Blanca’s Alicante

SUSPECT HELD: The 45-year-old is suspected on breaking into 16 commercial establishments. CREDIT: Guardia Civil

Guardia Civil arrest a 45-year-old man in Santa Pola, Alicante suspected of breaking into 16 businesses in the area during Covid-19 lockdown.

SINCE the beginning of State of Alarm, officers from the Investigation Area and the Judicial Police Team have been investigating a series of burglaries at a gas station, a bakery, a restaurant, and a fruit shop, among others.
They found that in all cases doors and windows had been forced open using a screwdriver or a “simple home-made tool.”
And in each case, very little was stolen.

According to police sources, security camera footage provided by one of the shop owners showed a man of light complexion, short brown hair and, in all cases, wearing sportswear. Police suspected the same person was responsible for each break-in and that he lived in Santa Pola considering movements are currently restricted.

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With a solid description, officers were on alert and on Wednesday, April 15, at around 3.15am, a Local Police patrol identified their suspect “wandering around in the street and wearing the same clothes shown in the footage.”

In addition to 16 counts of breaking and entering, the 45-year-old, the suspect is also charged with repeatedly failing to comply with State of Alarm restrictive measures. After being brought before the courts, the Spanish man has been remanded into custody, awaiting trial, with the judge warning a prison sentence is likely.

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