A DOZY burglar has been arrested after he dropped a police fine containing his details in a house in Elche, on Spain’s Costa Blanca.
The 43-year-old suspect reportedly jumped a fence and forced open the door of the villa before making off with more than 3,000 euros of stolen goods.
Items taken included various bicycles, video game consoles, tools, a portable swimming pool and electronic products.
A neighbour to the burgled house, in the Carrus industrial area, heard a loud bang on Sunday night before contacting the home owner on Monday morning.
The owner’s son contacted Policia Nacional on 091, after which agents arrived to investigate the break-in and look for evidence.
Agents found an official fine against a man for disobeying Spain’s coronavirus lockdown rules – but the man was not the homeowner himself, nor known to him.
The suspect named in the fine has a criminal record and had been spotted in the area that day.
The suspect has been arrested on charges of burglary and the case sent to Elche’s Court of Instruction.