15 Jul, 2021 @ 15:30
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Armed men suspected of ‘starvation’ robbery at a Lidl supermarket in Mar Menor area of Spain

Two Men Fill Up A Trolley In Possible 'starvation' Theft At A Lidl Supermarket In Mar Menor Area Of Spain
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TWO men brandished a gun at a Lidl supermarket in San Javier this morning(July 15) to steal a full trolley of food items.

The duo then whizzed off in a car that was waiting at the parking lot exit,

The Guardia Civil described the incident as a possible ‘starvation theft’.

Authorities say there are increasing cases of such robberies due to people losing their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A big drop in income is therefore leading to desperate measures to put food on the table for some families.

This morning’s robbery began after the men snatched a gun from a Lidl security guard.

They used the weapon to intimidate staff, but nobody was injured and no money was taken from the cash registers.

The men simply filled up a shopping cart with food and then made a hasty retreat.

The Guardia Civil is now investigating the crime of ‘robbery with intimidation’.


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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