GUARDIA civil officers in Santa Pola have arrested a serial jewel thief.
The 36-year-old is believed to be the perpetrator of nine robberies that stole jewellery to the value of €22,000. He then later sold the proceeds of his burglaries to local dealers and specialist gold shops.
Police were alerted to the suspect after it was noticed that most of the break-ins were all in the same area and suggested that the culprit may live in the neighbourhood. One of the residents was also someone that had recently been released from prison after committing similar crimes in the past.
He was called the ‘tidy’ thief as he removed jewellery from boxes so carefully that it was some time before anyone noticed some of their belongings has been stolen.