Manhunt for armed, masked robber on the loose in Malaga province

HEIST: The Unicaja branch in Huelin and (inset) the Huelin pharmacy and bank in Benamargosa. HEIST: The Unicaja branch in Huelin and (inset) the Huelin pharmacy and bank in Benamargosa. Google Maps

POLICE are probing a series of armed raids in Malaga province.

The three attacks happened within a 24-hour period, with a local pharmacy and bank hit ahead of a second bank robbery in the village of Benamargosa.

Investigators believe the two earlier incidents - both of which occurred in the Huelin district of Malaga city - may be related, while a suspect has been held in connection with the third.

In the first assault, a ski mask-clad gunman burst into a pharmacy on Calle Infantes before punching the assistant on duty, who handed over the contents of the till.

The next day, a man wearing a motorcycle helmet over a balaclava entered the Unicaja branch on Calle La Hoz.

He initially stood in line before pulling out a gun and shouting at staff to hand over the cash.

But a female client managed to escape the scene and raise the alarm at a local bar, with the raider fleeing before police arrived at the scene, sparking a manhunt.

Less than half an hour later, a second Unicaja branch was targeted in Benamargosa, after a man dressed in motorbiking gear and wielding an axe threatened staff before making off with €18,000 in cash.

The mayor, Jose Gallego, confirmed that he fled on foot, dropping bank notes as he went, and police were able to track him down after he threw his clothes and weapon into a nearby rubbish container.

The case remains open as detectives work to determine whether he worked alone or with an accomplice.

Comments (0)

There are no comments posted here yet

Leave your comments

Posting comment as a guest. Sign up or login to your account.
0 Characters
Attachments (0 / 3)
Share Your Location

Poll of the Week

Amid air pollution fears in Spain, should cars be banned from city centres?

Create Axarquia Alert

Do you want to be the first to receive our latest news from Axarquia - Costa Tropical? Subscribe here.

Trending Now

Latest Tweets

https://t.co/wkRPQ5VpkJ
Rain is finally coming to #Spain! https://t.co/mN4JD3K3Jz
#Briton arrested over sexual abuse claims on the #CostadelSol https://t.co/0ghm8AIWQk
Follow Euro Weekly News on Twitter

Post Gallery

Spanish police arrest 55 in huge Chinese money laundering operation

Brits in Benidorm wreck hotel room and get banned from flight home

Motor homes plague Costa Blanca beach

Woman arrested for abandoning dog with chain embedded in neck

WATCH: Bathers ordered from sea after ‘shark’ spotted in Mallorca

Benidorm balcony death: ‘Positive line of inquiry’ keeps Kirsty Maxwell  case open

Passengers on flight from Spain ‘held against their will’ on return to UK

Axarquia police open fire in high-speed car chase

Police seize €2 million cocaine stash after high-speed car chase