29 Jul, 2019 @ 20:32
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Benidorm thieves targeting British tourists caught with FOUR suitcases of stolen smartphones

A GANG of thieves have been arrested in Benidorm after they were caught leaving their apartment with four suitcases of stolen smartphones.

The arrested, of Spanish and Moroccan nationalities, reportedly targeted British tourists who were out in Benidorm nightlife hotspots.

National Police seized 74 mobiles from the suitcases, meanwhile the four arrested have been imprisoned awaiting trial.

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Police reportedly opened an investigation following a slew of denuncias concerning mobile phone thefts while victims were distracted.

Four suspects, aged 19 to 25, were identified in the operation.

They reportedly used apps to find accommodation around Alicante and avoid registering their names to any one address.

Two of the four were detained in a nightclub in the act of theft.

The remaining two were pounced upon after leaving an apartment with the four suitcases of phones.

“The modus operandi suggested a prior selection of targets, as the alleged perpetrators only stole from inside bags carried by the victims,” a police spokesperson said.

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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