Monday, 25 March 2019

Detained in Spain, Bank Robbers aged 80 and 73

Don't know whether to laugh or cry, but I couldn't resist translating this report (just because I can). It's one way to eek out a meager pension, or proof that retirement ages are getting pushed further and further, even for career criminals.

Agents of the National Police and Mossos d'Esquadra, in a joint operation, have arrested two men aged 73 and 80 for armed robberies from bank branches. They had entered the banks dressed in reflective clothing and wielding firearms, hobbling employees to seize cash and flee by public transport. (What, were they using a Senior Citizen's Bus Pass?)

These individuals, of South American origin, are attributed two robberies to bank branches in Barcelona in which they took loot of 32,000 and 45,000 euros. Two other people related to the operation have also been arrested, one man for a crime against public health and another who was caught with one of the robbers when they were preparing to carry out a new assault in Madrid.

Hold-ups in Barcelona

The investigation began after the robbery at a bank branch in Barcelona, ​​carried out by two individuals 'of advanced age' who wore reflective vests and wielded pistols. These men forced the workers of the entity to give them the money, waiting for the time delay on the safe, to seize 32,000 euros in cash. After that they tied up the workers and fled.

Two months later, while agents carried out investigations into this crime, they learned of a new assault at another bank in Barcelona. Witnesses pointed to two elderly individuals who spoke with a South American accent, one of them possibly Italian wearing an anorak from a parcel company. The robbers intimidated bank workers with weapons and seized a total of 45,000 euros. They tied up the victims and escaped with the booty.

Coordination with Italian agents through Europol

Once the profile of the assailants was established, Carabinieri Milano confirmed that they had an extensive criminal record in Italy. The investigators located the homes of the assailants, one of them in Madrid and the other in El Vendrell (Tarragona), for which a simultaneous police raids were initiated to carry out arrests and searches.

The agents verified that the man resident in El Vendrell had plans to travel to Madrid with the intention of meeting with his partner and committing a new robbery in the capital. He was located and detained in a hostel in the center of Madrid in the company of a third individual when they were about to imminently assault a bank branch in the capital. At the time of the arrest they carried two revolvers, two motorcycle helmets, gloves, shackles, flanges and a fake badge with the caption "Special Police", as well as Italian identity cards with false IDs. Moments before that intervention, the other robber was arrested at a home where they resided in the Madrid district of Vallecas.

In the search made in El Vendrell, police discovered 'facilities conditioned for the cultivation, processing and storage of marijuana', this plantation being guarded by a fourth man, who was also arrested. Two Italian identity cards, two revolvers, a detonating pistol, a vehicle, two motorcycle helmets, gloves, shackles, plastic flanges, a false plate, several mobile phones and 3.1 kilos of marijuana have been confiscated.

Detenidos dos atracadores de 80 y 73 años por robos en sucursales bancarias

Illustration by Joe Alfaraby from Pixabay

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