28 Mar, 2022 @ 13:45
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Ukrainian refugees robbed of €7,000 and valuables at Valencia region motorway service area in Spain

Ukrainian refugees robbed of €7,000 and valuables at Valencia region motorway service area in Spain
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A Ukrainian refugee family were robbed of €7,000 and valuables in a distraction theft at a Castellon motorway service area in the Valencian Community.

The Guardia Civil have arrested the thief at a service area in Zaragoza and are looking for his accomplice.

He’s being charged with eight robberies committed in the same way.

The Ukrainian family had made the long 3,000 kilometre drive to Spain.

They stopped at a service area on the AP-7 in Castellon Province on March 9, and two people approached them.

They claimed that they spotted the vehicle with a flat tyre and offered to help the refugees.

As everybody focused on the tyre, one of the thieves nipped into the car to take €7,000 in cash.

A mobile phone, plane tickets, jewellery, and the keys to the family’s Ukraine apartment were also stolen.

The Guardia Civil said that the detained man led a group of service area thieves which they were targeting in Operation Karobur.

It’s not known whether the Ukrainian family’s money and belongings have been recovered.


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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