Sus­pects de­tained for €1 mil­lion home heist

Rob­bers stole life sav­ings of wealthy pen­sioner

Costa Levante News - - NEWS -

By Alex Watkins 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 cut- ting 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 or­gani- sa­tion, rob­bery with vi­o­lence and in­tim­i­da­tion, un­law­ful de­ten­tion, money laundering, a drug of­fence and vi­o­lat­ing im­mi­gra­tion law.

A po­lice of­fi­cer show the heist

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