The 25-year-old burgled seven homes in Torrevieja and surrounding areas
Torrevieja Guardia Civil arrested “a dangerous criminal”, a 25 year old who has been charged with a crime of robbery with violence and intimidation, and seven other crimes of robbery with force at several homes. After appearing in court in Torrevieja, the man was remanded in custody in prison.
The investigation began as a result of a report filed by a Torrevieja resident after suffering a robbery at his home. Officers found that there had been a “significant” increase in similar home invasion style robberies in recent months and suspected the crimes were linked.
Investigators collected “a large amount of evidence as well as the testimonies of various witnesses.” This made it possible to focus “the investigation on a man with a significant criminal history, living in Los Montesinos, whose modus operandi was always the same.”
Police sources revealed that, “first, he chose the home and made a meticulous surveillance of the movements of its inhabitants. Later, taking advantage of the moment in which they left, to gain access to the interior of the house by force. Once inside, he stole all kinds of effects and jewelry to sell on the black market.” The homes he targeted were usually owned by foreigners and located, for the most part, in residential areas of the Vega Baja and part of the Alicante coast.
In one of the robberies, the owners returned to the house earlier than expected and surprised the burglar. The man produced a firearm that he had stolen from another home and began to threaten and intimidate them, managing to escape with the stolen items.
The investigations culminated in the arrest of the alleged perpetrator, a 25-year-old male of Dominican nationality, who is charged with several robberies.
During a search carried out at the suspect’s home, the Guardia Civil seized nine televisions, an electric saw, a hammer drill, various professional hairdressing equipment, three laptops, four tablets, four high-end telephones, three games consoles, a large amount of high-value jewellery and a firearm.
The seized objects have been identified and returned to their owners.