A 57-YEAR-OLD Italian fraudster wanted in three countries was arrested after leading police on a high-speed chase through Calpe.
The criminal – who has already been in prison once before – had three search and detention orders issued on him: by authorities in Gran Canaria for crimes totalling €700,000; in Madrid for crimes totalling €900,000 and in Italy for various scams worth millions of euros.
The investigation began earlier this year after police became aware of a rise in the number of burglaries in urbanisations in Altea and Calpe.
Police officers soon discovered the burglaries were all carried out in similar fashion and suspected the it was the same perpetrator operating in each municipality.
It wasn’t until the burglar was caught on camera by one of his victims that police could proceed with identifying and arresting the suspect.
The fraudster, known as ‘Torrebruno’, was living in El Campello and operated very much ‘under the radar’ – he rented properties without contracts and hired cars in one of his daughter’s names.
At the beginning of this month, undercover police officers followed him to a restaurant in Calpe.
The criminal was surveying the surroundings in his car to check for police presence.
Realising he was being followed, he accelerated out of the restaurant car park and tried to flee towards Altea via the N-332 where he ran into more police officers ready to intercept him.
Cornered, the fraudster went back on himself and headed towards Benissa, where again, police were waiting for him.
He tried to take a back road, crashing into another car and considerably damaging others in his path.
Realising there was no escape, the criminal held his hands up and was sent straight to prison, where he will be detained until trial.