Tourist thieves banned from Puerto Banus

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FOUR THIEVES, aged between 21 and 28, have been banned from Puerto Banus after stealing €98,000 in luxury watches from tourists.

The group, who are of British, French and Moroccan nationalities, used violence and intimidation to steal high-end watches from tourists in at least seven separate incidents. One member of the group would grab the victim’s arm while the others robbed him or kept look-out.

The thieves, whose permanent base is in Barcelona, are said to travel to tourist spots such as Marbella and Ibiza during busy periods to carry out their crimes.

They were finally arrested in April after several tourists complained to police. Officers raiding their rented property in Benalmadena found three designer watches, five mobile phones, as well as €5,275 euros and £485.

A judge has now placed restraining orders on four of the group banning them from returning to Puerto de Banus.

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