A GANG of squatters stole so much loot in a series of burglaries they had to occupy a second home to use as a warehouse.
Guardia Civil noticed that a small area of Ibi on the Costa Blanca had seen a rise in burglaries. They all happened near a supposedly empty house, which they found to be occupied by squatters.
Police carried out a search of the house and found evidence that it had not only been illegally taken over, but was being used as a base to plan burglaries.
Investigators then searched a next door property and found a stash of loot. This included 158 kilos of copper, 220 kilos of other metals and a large number of stolen tools.
Two men and a woman – who have a history of violent crimes including a stabbing – were arrested.
The operation remains open as police investigate other robberies.