LOCAL POLICE officers have detained two men thought to be responsible for a crime-wave in Arroyo de la Miel.
The men, who are thought to have carried out a series of robberies among local shops and businesses, were caught allegedly robbing a Chinese bazaar on Calle Ciudad de Melilla.
One of the men, a 33-year-old, is thought to be the gang’s ringleader, who has already been arrested six times for burglary.
Police had been investigating since September after receiving complaints from local businesses about thefts. It seems the men had been hitting shops with little or no security on quiet streets in the early hours of the morning.
The men were forcing their way in through windows or doors and then taking money from cash registers, as well as computers, televisions and mobile phones. They always wore gloves and are thought to have stashed their plunder in safe houses, owned by relatives to avoid detection.
Among the businesses robbed were a pharmacy, beauty shop, bar, driving school, tattoo shop, tobacconist and hearing test centre.