Suspects detained for €1 million home heist
Robbers stole life savings of wealthy pensioner
THIEVES who stole cash and jewellery worth about €1 million from a 97-year-old woman in Alcoy have been caught by the National Police.
According to a spokesman for the force, the intruders broke into her home on May 24 while she was out of the house and used a thermic lance – a burning bar that heats and melts steel in the presence of pressurized oxygen – to open the safe.
However, the woman and her carer saw the smoke from this and returned, so the thieves threatened them, then locked them in the bathroom and stole their mobile phones.
The gang clearly knew the safe contained the woman’s life savings, and stole a large quantity of jewels (sapphires, rubies and emeralds), six kilos of gold ingots and a large sum of cash, all of which the victim and police estimate could be worth about €1 million.
Police in Alicante and Alcoy worked together on the case for almost four months, culminating in the arrests of three men and three woman aged between 27 and 57 of Ecuadorian, Colombian and Spanish nationalities.
These six suspects lived at addresses in Torre Pacheco and Fuente Álamo in Murcia and in Alcoy.
Officer searching these properties recovered many jewels, over €6,000 in cash, about $2,100, an oxy-fuel cutting torch and several rods for it, a blank firing pistol, 100 grams of cocaine and several mobile phones.
They are accused of belonging to a criminal organisation, robbery with violence and intimidation, unlawful detention, money laundering, a drug offence and violating immigration law.
The MARQ in Alicante city
A police officer show the heist