1 Dec, 2021 @ 12:36
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Sneaky thief punctured tyres in car park on Spain’s Costa Blanca to steal shopping while drivers put on a spare wheel

Thief Punctured Car Tyres In Shopping Area Car Park On Spain's Costa Blanca To Steal Purchases While Drivers Did A Tyre Change
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AN off-duty police officer has arrested a man in an Alicante shopping area car park who punctured car tyres to stage distraction thefts while owners put on a spare wheel.

The Policia Nacional officer was out shopping in the Rabasa area of the city when he spotted a man crouching between two vehicles.

The man, who has been arrested for six thefts this year, took two bags lying on a car seat which contained €1,300 of items and ran off.

The officer chased him down and returned the goods which belonged to a couple who were replacing their punctured car tyre.

A knife used by the 44-year-old man was discovered on him.

He had also used it on another vehicle in the car park but the owner had yet to return.

The thief worked with an accomplice, 47, who waited for him in a car with a running engine to enable a quick getaway.

He was later detained by the police.


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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