3 Apr, 2011 @ 09:35
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Spanish burglars forced to call cops half way through robbery

IT is not normally the burglars who call the police when robbing a house.

But this is what happened when two youths tried to break into expat Gerard Carroll’s house in Pruna last week.

The pair were forced to call police after his guard dogs pinned one of them to the ground and refused to let the other go.

The masteins jumped over a four foot wall to get at the thieves, one of whom is said to be the son of a local fire chief.

“They were so scared one of them called the police in panic,” said Caroll, 52, who bought the dogs after his home was burgled a year ago.

“The police did absolutely nothing after my first burglary and there has been a spate of burglaries ever since.

“I decided to take the matter into my own hands and it seems to have worked.”

Carroll explained that he had the dogs specially trained to guard the house in the event of a burglary.

One of the burglars is still receiving treatment in hospital.

“It just shows this is the only way crime can be dealt with here otherwise it will just keep happening,” Carroll added.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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  1. Good on ’em … serves the thieving little buggers right! Burglaries ruin communities, and were something no-one had to think much about here until recently, so anything to stop them is fine by me.

  2. The Mastein is a very rare breed. They are originally from Tasmania and were used by Aboriginees to hunt Tasmanian Devils. They look somewhat similar to a Great Dane and are very strong, and the smaller Aboriginees actually used to ride them like horses. I believe that in America they are being crossed with Pit Bull terriers for fighting.

  3. They are Spanish mastiffs (Mastín Espanol). Burglary of campo and holiday homes is starting to reach the epidemic levels of political corruption. I wonder if the two are related?

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