12 Apr, 2021 @ 18:42
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‘NO COVER UP’ as manhole thief is caught on Spain’s Costa Blanca selling his ‘booty’ to scrap metal dealer

No Cover Up As Manhole Thief Is Caught 'red Handed' On Spain's Costa Blanca Selling Stolen Goods To Scrap Metal Dealer

A manhole cover thief operating in Javea on the northern Costa Blanca has been arrested for stealing 160 covers worth €19,200.

He sold the items to a Benissa scrap metal dealer who got them melted down for cash in Valencia.

A spate of cover and drain grill robberies had been reported in recent months around the city including the El Garroferal urbanisation.

The removal of the covers even led to a person breaking his leg when he fell into an uncovered hole.

Javea council filed an official complaint to the Guardia Civil in march, who then launched a surveillance operation.

Officers detained a 24-year-old Spaniard over the thefts with each cover and grill worth up to €120 each.

He made his money by transporting the stolen items to a scrap metal dealership on a Benissa industrial estate.

The thief was caught ‘red-handed’ selling on the covers.

A search of the Benissa scrap yard detected 35 stolen covers as well as numerous ‘irregularities’ in the dealer’s book-keeping.

A Moldovan man and a woman, as well as a Romanian man were arrested for receiving the illegally-obtained items.

Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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