18 Nov, 2019 @ 18:41
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Shoplifter hid leg of jamón in ‘baggy clothing’ before caught by undercover police in Calpe on Spain’s Costa Blanca

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A SHOPLIFTER has been charged with theft after undercover police caught her stealing a leg of jamón from a supermarket in Calpe.

The suspected criminal reportedly used ‘baggy clothing’ to hide the cured pig leg, which can weigh up to 8kg and measure almost 90cm.

She was arrested along with three others following a ‘Christmas campaign’ stealing chocolates, perfume, make-up kits, turrones and cockles worth more than €500 from supermarket aisles.

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HAM FISTED: The leg of jamon (left) was stolen alongside a raft of Christmas goods

Plain clothes agents reportedly noticed a man sitting in a car outside a supermarket on Avenida Juan Carlos I while three women approached and deposited objects in the boot.

After unloading their haul, the women went back to different supermarkets to allegedly appropriate more Christmas goodies.

After the third trip, Guardia Civil arrested the four suspects and to their surprise found a ‘very large’ leg of jamón in the car.

It is understood the items were intended to be resold on the black market.

The four suspects – aged 49, 45, 36 and 32 – have been released on charges of a continued crime of theft pending trial.

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.

Contact me now: [email protected] or call +44 07960046259. Twitter: @jjparfitt

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