9 Jun, 2021 @ 14:15
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Thief buys a house after stealing a bag with a winning Christmas lottery ticket on Spain’s Costa Blanca

Thief Buys Himself A New House After Stealing A Bag With A Winning Lottery Ticket On Spain's Costa Blanca

A thief claimed a €125,000 lottery prize from a ticket in a stolen handbag and bought a house with his surprise windfall.

The 52-year-old man went into a restaurant in the Alicante Province town of Novelda on December 19.

He pinched a female customer’s handbag that was hanging over her chair.

Security camera footage from the premises showed him covering over the bag with a jacket and pretending to be on the phone.

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The handbag contents included €950 in cash but also a ticket for the annual El Gordo lottery.

Much to the thief’s joy, it proved to be a winner in the annual draw three days later.

The prize was €125,000 and he fraudulently claimed it for himself.

He then used the proceeds to buy a house in Alzira.

Painstaking work by the Guardia Civil to identify the culprit took over five months, but he was arrested at his new property on May 31.

Despite having a criminal record for theft, a court granted him bail.

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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