GUARDIA CIVIL officers have arrested a 29-year-old Spanish man for allegedly stealing money from lockers in a sports centre changing room in Elche.
The man, although a resident of Madrid, was on holiday in Guardamar del Segura and carried out a total of five robberies which netted him more than €900. He was a member of the sports centre who used the facilities on an ad hoc basis and somehow managed to get hold of duplicate copies of the keys used by customers to remove cash that they’d left inside for safety.
The investigation was launched back in August by the Guardia Civil in Santa Pola after a number of similar robberies were carried out throughout the summer which coincided with an influx of visitors to the activity centre. Many users decided to keep all of their valuables with them once it was realised that is was becoming less secure using the lockers, although it was only cash being stolen and not personal effects.
The man was eventually detained after he tried to remove other keys from office that he was planning on copying for future crimes.
At the moment, only five crimes have been reported but it’s believed to be many more as some didn’t wish to file a complaint while others are foreign tourists and couldn’t be traced. Investigations are also continuing to see if the arrested man has carried out similar crimes in Guardamar using the same modus operandi.