Guardia Civil nab fruit and tool thieves
TWO GUARDIA Civil ROCA brigades from Ibi and Torrevieja, specialising in agricultural thefts, arrested 12 people in two different operations.
ROCA teams, as well as keeping crops under observation during harvest time, also investigate all crimes related to countryside life.
Torrevieja's ROCA brigade arrested seven members of a Romanian family, four men and three women aged between 28 and 46, in Elche.
This gang specialised in stealing seasonal fruit grown, then selling it cheaply to people who would then sell it on at local street markets.
They are accused of five counts of theft, disobedience, concealment, a road safety of- fence and belonging to a criminal gang. Two Spanish men, aged 20 and 38 are also under investigation for receiving stolen goods.
They are thought to have stolen at least three tonnes of lemons and a tonne of grapes from various locations in La Murada (Orihuela), Albatera and Monforte de Cid.
The suspects were caught while officers were carrying out their usual work of checking fruit vans and their loads. Thanks to this, 800 kilos of grapes and 700 kilos of lemons, valued at €1,600, were recovered. The perpetrators were charged and released pending court action.
Tool and machinery theft
A ROCA brigade from Ibi arrested five Spanish men, aged between 22 and 40, for allegedly to a criminal gang, robbery and various counts of theft.
Officers were investigating a theft of agricultural machinery from a Novelda farm when they were tipped off about three possible male suspects from the same family.
The men were put under surveillance which revealed that they would travel throughout the province, stealing from whatever premises they could, including tools and bicycles valued at €5,000 in Sax and Peter.
They were caught redhanded stealing an air-conditioning machine in Montforte del Cid. The other members of the gang were arrested at their Alicante city homes.
All the stolen property has been returned to its rightful owners.