A MAN who allegedly committed at least 13 burglaries at holiday homes in Mallorca has been arrested.
The alleged thief, 27, was captured by the Guardia Civil after a string of robberies were carried out in Pollenca.
The force’s investigation had suggested that the same person had illegally entered all of the burglarised rental homes.
The perpetrator had broken into the properties almost always when the staying holidaymakers were out at the beach.
His modus operandi was to force entry inside through a window or door, where he would then steal electronic items, cash or jewellery.
Multiple local residents were able to give investigators a detailed description of the assailant after witnessing the man leave the scene of the crime.
This matched a serial burglar that was known to the police for his extensive criminal history and who also lived in the area.
Once identified, a search was carried out at his home which uncovered €5,000 worth of goods that had been previously reported stolen by tourists.
The man will remain in police custody until he is brought to trial.
In recent years Mallorca has been plagued with robberies against tourists.
The holidaymakers had been walking in the same area that they were mugged in when they bumped into the alleged thief.
Not to let their earlier misfortune slide, the couple pounced on the man, pinning him to the floor while the police were called.
A large scale investigation also led to 34 members of Romanian pickpocket gang being arrested across the island.
The group had preyed on unsuspecting tourists while were distracted shopping in stores.
Their total theft is believed to be worth more than a million euros with thousands of robberies being committed in the last five years.