By Paul Whitelock and Kevin Guyan
AN AUDACIOUS diamond robbery was masterminded by a trio of “well-mannered” British youths, it can be revealed.
The gang – who have been charged with more than 30 robberies – regularly took ‘a civilised’ full English breakfast at 4pm each afternoon, near their Coin home.
The dangerous gang – who had weapons in the garage of their rented Sierra Gorda property – were however, always impeccably polite at their regular meeting spot Leslie’s Bar.
“They were always very well-mannered,” a waitress told the Olive Press. “I liked them, so I was surprised when they were arrested for these crimes.”
The group – which includes one woman – have been arrested over an incredible 30 or more robberies and burglaries, amassing a booty of luxury items over the last few years.
The group – who kept a series of dangerous Staffordshire bull terrier dogs at their home – came from England, Wales and Ireland.
According to sources they had lived in the area for up to two years, renting luxury detached villas in the Coin and Alhaurin el Grande area.
They lived a ‘low key’ lifestyle, but wore designer clothes, expensive watches and other top accessories.
But police became suspicious of their extravagant way of life following a 30,000 euro robbery at the Mijas Diamond and Jewellery Centre.
They had previously visited the jewellers and carefully sketched plans of the layout of the shop, before raiding a few weeks later.
After police obtained a search warrant for their rented home they found designer furniture and other items, including a 9,000 euro Bang & Olufsen TV, and a stolen Volvo in the garage. They also recovered a selection of weapons.
According to a police spokesman the robberies and burglaries were well planned and executed.
He said: “In the Mijas robbery the gang posed as tourists on an excursion. The day of the robbery they dressed up as building workers and erected barriers in the street, before smashing the shop window.”
They are also alleged to have raided private homes in the area, while the Volvo was stolen from a Chinese resident in Coin at gunpoint.
The downfall of the gang was keeping the best of what they stole and only selling on the rest.
Police believe the gang may have had three more accomplices. More arrests are expected.