Fake police officers burgle Chiva villa and kidnap owner
By Samantha Kett BOGUS policemen broke into a villa in Chiva and tried to kidnap the owner before speeding off in two cars in the early hours of Monday morning, awakening several of the neighbours.
Witnesses, who went out into their gardens after being roused at around 02.00 by loud shouting and screaming, say they saw 'about six or eight' men wearing reflective fluorescent-yellow jackets with 'Guardia Civil' printed on them.
They had pinned down the owner, a man, on the villa floor and, at first glance, it looked as though he was being arrested.
But subtle details made neighbours believe this was not the case, and several of them rushed to the victim's aid, attempting to fight off the assail- ants with poles and any other objects they could lay their hands on.
At that moment, one of the 'policemen' tried to stab a young woman through the window, and neighbours rang the 112 emergency hotline.
The 'real' Guardia Civil, plus the Local Police, arrived within minutes, but by then the burglars had fled and removed the owner's handcuffs.
Police say the victim, whom they spoke to afterwards, appeared to know his aggressors, and witnesses bore this out by saying the fake officers were addressing him by his first name.
The victim said he did not know what they wanted of him, and assumed they were trying to burgle the house.
They have not been caught.