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Spain’s motorway robbers arrested

PUBLISHED: December 24, 2012 at 9:34 am  •  LAST EDITED: December 24, 2012 at 10:34 am
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A GANG of modern-day highwaymen who carried out a string of violent robberies on Spanish motorways have been arrested in Alicante.

The five Romanians used service stations along the AP-7 to target at least 17 victims in Murcia, Alicante and Castellon.

A Guardia Civil spokesman said the group, who used several rental vehicles to carry out the thefts, singled out vulnerable tourists and families.

“They did not hesitate to use physical force to get away from their victims when they had taken their property,” he added.

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Stewart Hingston

December 25th, 2012 9:33 pm

About time the authorities acted, we want to tour Spain but are worried about security


December 26th, 2012 1:22 pm

Surprise surprise not Spaniards but Romanians. Is crime Romania’s prime export.


December 29th, 2012 12:51 pm

Its not only the service stations,we were travelling through Madrid on the M40 back to catch the ferry in October and a car came along our side and flashed some kind of ID card at us and indicated for us to pull over,which i did not do but they kept on trying by overtaking, undertaking and pulling in front of us, I still did not stop and off they went shaking their fists. I might add it was mid day and the motorway was very busy.


April 7th, 2014 4:52 pm

The incident Happened On the 2nd of April 2014 at 3.30am at Benicarlo Spain Motorway AP7 Petrol Service.
We (me, my husband & my son) Were driving to Alicante to take a ferry to Algeria, we stopped at the petrol filling station to get some petrol after my husband Went to get some coffee, I was inside the car parked in the forehead of the shop. Suddenly They smashed the left side of my forehead car window and grabbed the bag from my hands and drove very fast to motorway, we Could not do anything. They Took all our passports

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