Snatch thieves caught by police
Police believe a man and woman arrested in Santa Cruz may be responsible for at least nine robberies involving older people.
The crimes all followed the same pattern. Somone would approach an elderly man or woman in the street on some pretence of asking them a question. They would then snatch at a gold necklace or chain, pulling it off and then making their escape in a waiting car.
These incidents have been happening in the capital and the couple were arrested in the area of El Toscal. They are aged 28 and 29.
In the latest incident, an elderly woman was slightly injured when one of the suspects grabbed her gold chain. The jewellery was recovered when police arrested the man and woman in a car.