A 30-YEAR-OLD Lithuanian man is in prison pending sentencing after he was arrested for ‘carjacking’ not one, not two, but three vehicles in the space of 24 hours last weekend.
The criminal was arrested in Gandia as the result of a joint operation between police in the capital of Safor and police in Oliva.
The string of robberies began last Friday in Calpe when the man assaulted a 30-year-old woman who was about to get in her car. He snatched her keys and sped off on the N-332 north towards Valencia.
He drove “recklessly, at great speed” along the road that links Costa Blanca South and Costa Blanca North, leading several other road users to report him to the police, initiating a search operation.
The man made it to l’Alqueria having passed through several Marina Alta municipalities including Oliva.
In l’Alqueria, he jumped out of the stolen vehicle and again preyed on a woman who was about to get in her car, this time a 50-year-old who was just leaving work.
The criminal darted off in the second stolen vehicle, headed for the N-332 when he realised he was being chased by the police. Cornered, he abandoned the car and ran through the narrow streets of l’Alqueria into Bellreguard before hiding out in the campo.
Some time later, the man appeared on the outskirts of Bellreguard where he carjacked the final vehicle, this time assaulting a 37-year-old man in the process.
He made his way towards Gandia, with the intention of continuing onto Valencia but was again intercepted by the police, who gave chase and arrested him.
The delinquent spent the rest of the weekend behind bars and remains in prison pending sentencing after his appearance in court on Monday.