Robbers steal payroll cash from chiringuito beach bar
By Oliver McIntyre A GANG of robbers stole an estimated €80,000 in payroll money in a late-night raid on a chiringuito beach bar in Marbella, tying up the three workers who were still cleaning up the restaurant after closing time.
The hooded intruders entered Andy’s Beach Bar, in the Cabopino zone, sometime after 2am on Monday, according to the Spanish newspaper Diario Sur. They were armed with knives and sticks, and possibly also a pistol according to one worker, though this has not been confirmed.
The workers were held for over an hour as the raiders smashed open the cash register and then searched the premises, causing widespread damage, until finding the safe, which contained the payroll cash.
They then left the three employees with their hands bound and stole the car of one of the workers to make their getaway, but apparently only drove it a short distance, as police later found the vehicle abandoned in the zone.
Inside the bar officers recovered one of the knives believed to have been used during the robbery, which the raiders are understood to have grabbed inside the establishment itself.
It is believed that between three and five gang members were involved in the raid, but the exact number remains unclear as the workers did not see all of them together.
The National Police are investigating but at the time of going to press no arrests had been reported.