Passers-by catch pickpockets in Playa de las Américas
Two men have been arrested for robbing tourists in Playa de Las Americas while diverting their attention with questions.
The pair, aged 30 and 34, were caught by local officers on patrol in the resort.
Two tourists were walking along a street when they were approached with questions by the men in order to divert their attention.
During this conversation, one of them stole a wallet from the trouser pocket of the owner, getting away with 540 euros.
However, quick-thinking passersby saw what had happened and managed to restrain the two men until the police arrived.
Police say this distraction technique is well-known as it takes the victim’s attention away from their belongings.