A British man has been arrested by the Policia Nacional for stealing 21 brass taps from a building formerly used by a Valencia hospital.

The Brit, 29, who police said was living illegally in Spain, struck at 2.30 am on Wednesday morning.

He scrambled up a metal pipe to enter through a window of the ex-La Fe Hospital premises on Avenida de Campanar, next to the hospital’s new Emergency Unit.

Security guards monitoring surveillance cameras spotted him inside when he was using a flashlight.

The guards called the police and went inside to apprehend the thief.

Police officers arrived and seized the robber’s bag containing 21 brass taps stolen from rooms around the building.

A backpack contained an array of gear to help him in his criminal endeavours including two pliers, three screwdrivers, three saw blades, and a wrench.

The Policia Nacional arrested the Brit for committing a robbery with force and said that he had a record for similar crimes.

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