NATIONAL POLICE officers have arrested two people in Fuengirola for two armed robberies in pharmacies.
Another man, aged 21, has also been arrested for blackmailing one of the robbers to commit the crime in exchange for settling a €300 debt.
The alleged robbers are accused of stealing €2,940 from the pharmacies and police searches of their three homes also revealed a further €27,000 in cash, nearly half a kilo in marijuana and several mobile phones.
The first man was found after a pharmacist complained of being robbed for €700 and officers found the culprit lived near to the shop. Another robbery took place on October 30 in another pharmacy in Fuengirola, this time involving two men who made off with €2,200.
Police soon arrested the man they had already been investigating for the first robbery as well as a 17-year-old they believe was involved in the second.
The RTN last week revealed three violent burglaries had taken place on the Costa del Sol within less than 24 hours.
The string of assaults, which police have not said are related, began when one of the men now in custody held up a pharmacy at gunpoint on CalleInfantes in Huelin. The assailant allegedly wore a ski mask before hitting an employee and threatening him for money.
The next day at 8.40am a man wearing a balaclava and motorcycle helmet robbed a branch of Unicaja in Calle La Hoz, just 50 metres from the pharmacy. The man apparently pulled out a gun and told staff to give him money before a woman ran out into the street and raised the alarm. The man escaped before police arrived. According to one publication, a witness explained a bank employee was injured in one hand.
Minutes later at 9am an assailant wearing a motorcycle helmet and wielding an axe held up a Unicaja in Benamargosa. At the time of the robbery only the bank’s two staff members were in the building. The man threatened the staff and made off with around €18,000 in cash, some of which fell onto the street as he made his escape. Passers-by apparently returned money they had found on the street to the bank.