Guardia Civil police catch Costa Blanca knife-point robber

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VIOLENT: Knife-wielding robber caught after 36 hours. Photo Credit: Guardia Civil

OFFICERS from the Guardia Civil have arrested a 34-year-old man in Callosa de Segura in connection with two violent robberies.

It’s alleged he attacked a jewellers shop, threatening the two employees with a knife before escaping with €5,000.

He apparently waited until the shop was about to close, walked in and dropped an umbrella in the doorway so it wouldn’t close.  He then took out the knife and ordered the assistants to hand over the days takings.  As he left, he smashed one of the display cases with his fist.  None of the employees were hurt in the incident.

An immediate search of the municipality was launched and paid off as the suspect was arrested after quite a struggle just 36 hours later as he cycled along a street.

His arrest was able to clear up two other thefts committed on that same say and another robbery with violence at a sports shop.  In the latter incident, in which he allegedly stole goods worth €1,200, the description given by the shop assistant fitted the arrested man perfectly.

The 34-year-old Spanish national has already appeared in court in Orihuela and been sent to prison pending further legal proceedings.

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