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Gang of pickpocket arrested

Posted by dolly diver on February 24, 2009
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 	fisher-womans-roundabout-puerto-santiagoPuerto Santigo is normally a quiet place on a Sunday afternoon, but last Sunday was rather different when a gang of seven Romanians were arrested and were all lined up around the fisherlady roundabout. Rumors quickly flew round, drugs bust, bank robbery, but in fact it was a gang of pickpockets who were arrested.

The culprits, all aged between 30 and 50 have been identified only by their initials, R.M., C.F.R., M.I., L.A., T.S and V.D and a woman, L.R.

After the police had received several reports from the public about purse and wallet thefts, a surveillance operation in the area followed. The gang were soon located and were watched through binoculars.

They arrived by hire car, met in a local cafe to select their targets. The victims were often tourists waiting at the bus stop by the sports centre in Los Gigantes. They would be distracted by one gang member with a map asking directions while another picked their pocket or handbag. A hire car would be parked nearby for a quick getaway.

What this gang failed to realise is there is only one way out of Los Gigantes and the local police backed up by the Guardia Civil arrested them at a road block on the exit road. Many items were recovered despite attempts from the gang to throw them out of their car windows.

The victims were then brought forward to help identify the gang.

Youth arrested in Puerto Santiago

Posted by dolly diver on September 11, 2008
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This morning, 11th September, at around 04.30 the security guards of Tamaimo Tropical hotel on the coast of Puerto Santiago called the Local Police of Santiago del Teide to arrest a youth who was caught breaking into hotel rooms.

The 21 year old youth, of Spanish nationality, with the initials H.D.A.G had forced entry into several rooms causing damage.

The youth resisted arrest, which caused more damage to the hotel furnishings. Once handcuffed and searched police found a large knife in his possession. A woman’s handbag, a wallet and several other personal items, which police believe came from the rooms in the hotel, were found in the corridor.

Once detained the youth, who has a criminal record of assaults, forced entries and other similar crimes, was taken to Local Police Headquarters to give a statement and was then transferred to the Guardia Civil in San Juan, to await his court case.

Fire in Puerto Santiago shopping mall

Posted by dolly diver on May 19, 2008
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The Local Police and volunteer Firefighters of Santiago del Teide yesterday had to act in an emergency situation when a fire broke out in the shopping mall Tenir in Puerto Santiago.

The fire started at 6.30 pm in the power distribution room in the basement of the building. Fortunately there were no injuries.

                                                                                       Photo: Gerald Zenou

Burglar caught red handed in Los Gigantes

Posted by dolly diver on May 8, 2008
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On the night of May 6th the Local Police received a call from a person reporting movement inside commercial premises in Los Gigantes.

On investigation the police discovered a burglary in progress, the thief was a Romanian aged 23yrs who had gained access to the premises by forcing the door.

The youth was arrested and detained at the Guardia Civil in San Juan for a court hearing.

On further investigations it was discovered the accused has prior convictions in Castellón as well as a warrant for his arrest in Teruel, Spain.