Locker thief caught

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THE TUN­NEL for the high­speed train (AVE) at Mur­cia city is to be 583 me­tres longer and will pass un­der the dis­tricts San­ti­ago el Mayor and Senda los Gar­res, ac­cord­ing to the na­tional gov­ern­ment.

This new stretch has been in­cluded in the first stage of the build­ing works which are planned to start by Novem­ber 15. The gov­ern­ment said this in­volves an ad­di­tional in­vest­ment of nearly €17 mil­lion.

Ad­di­tion­ally, a foot­bridge is to be built over the level cross­ing at San­ti­ago el Mayor, which will be re­moved.

The cross­ing is used by hun­dreds of res­i­dents and ve­hi­cles to reach the dis­tricts on the other side of the rail­way Santa Pola Guardia Civil have caught a 29-year-old Spa­niard who was break­ing into lock­ers at an Elche gym.

The thief, who also used the gym, made copies of locker keys to later steal money from the lock­ers.

Of­fi­cers be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing in Au­gust, af­ter re­ceiv­ing com­plaints of money go­ing miss­ing from lock­ers in an Elche camp­site gym.

The thefts were car­ried out at the height of the hol­i­day sea­son, when the gym had more peo­ple us­ing it. The sheer amount of users com­pli­cated the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but Guardia Civil were able to ar­rest the thief, who turned out to be a Madrid res­i­dent who spent his sum­mer hol­i­days in Guardamar.

He only stole cash, and never emp­tied wal­lets or purses com­pletely, to not raise sus­pi­cions im­me­di­ately.

He has been ac­cused of five crimes of il­le­gal break-in and theft (as he used a false key), although he could have many more vic­tims, es­pe­cially for­eign­ers, who did not re­port money miss­ing. In­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing to see if he also stole at an­other gym in Guardamar.

The thief, who stole at least €900, is cur­rently on bail await­ing court pro­ceed­ings. and its re­moval had caused great con­tro­versy.

Lo­cal res­i­dents have been stag­ing protests for months to pres­sure the gov­ern­ment to keep their prom­ise to run the AVE into the city through a tun­nel rather than di­vid­ing dis­tricts with an over­land track, with the trains pass­ing close to res­i­dents’ homes.

The rail­way has also been van­dalised

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