Spate of bur­glar­ies in Morella

Costa Levante News - - NEWS - By Joe Wick­man jwick­man@cb­

A SE­RIES of bur­glar­ies were com­mit­ted in Morella early Mon­day morn­ing.

A to­tal three sites were bur­glarised at around 02.00: the op­ti­cian’s, a su­per­mar­ket and a cig­a­rette shop – which had al­ready been bur­glarised back in Septem­ber.

At the op­ti­cian’s they stole all the ma­te­ri­als they could get their hands on by sim­ply break­ing the front door open.

The shop owner said: ‘when I ar­rived, I saw the door open and as soon as I en­tered I knew what had hap­pened. It's a dis­as­ter, they’ve stolen all the sun­glasses, sev­eral pre- scrip­tion glasses, frames and both com­put­ers’.

At the cig­a­rette shop it was a sim­i­lar story, as the owner points out: ‘They stole all the tobacco in the ware­house and the com­puter. They took ev­ery­thing’.

She adds that the com­puter ‘was my per­sonal one, so they haven’t only stolen work items, part of my life is there. It’s ou­tra­geous and frus­trat­ing.’

For­tu­nately, the su­per­mar­ket stayed largely in­tact. The thieves opened two holes in a wall but were un­able to get in­side due to the pres­ence of a ramp, so they de­cided to break down the front door in­stead. Upon do­ing so, the alarm went off and they ran away.

Even though crim­i­nal­ity is low in the area, res­i­dents com­plain that a lack of po­lice pres­ence is lead­ing to a larger num­ber of bur­glar­ies. ‘There can’t be just four or five of­fi­cers for the whole dis­trict. It doesn’t work’.

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