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Italian accused of Canary scam finally arrested in Alicante 

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The suspected author of several million dollar scams in the Canary Islands and Madrid has been arrested in Alicante.

Three orders of search and detention from the Italian authorities and courts of Madrid and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria were pending. Finally, he was arrested after a “frantic” pursuit by officers.

The Gran Canaria writ accused him of being the author of several robberies in hotels worth 700,000 euros.

The investigation started in July when the Benemérita detected a slight rise in burglaries in housing developments in the towns of Calpe and Altea in Alicante. The modus operandi was very similar, so the agents thought it was the same author.

Police said the crimes were conducted with such professionalism that it hindered their investigtion but one of the victims finally managed to help draw up a photofit.

“The man arrested is an Italian citizen of 57 years, settled in El Campello (Alicante), a veteran criminal with a lot of background and known as ‘Torrebruno’,” said a police spokesman.

“The alleged fraudster did not leave a record of his personal data, nor in databases of official bodies or hotel accommodations, so the agents took time to find his whereabouts. He also used rental vehicles, all high-end, to commit the crimes, using his daughter’s data.”

The man was arrested after he was spotted in a restaurant in Alicante. He got into his car and made his escape at speed in a chase described as “something out of a movie.”

At one stage, he crashed into a private car and rammed a police vehicle.