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Pickpockets on Tenerife 

To the Editor:

My wife and I were walking on a circular route from La Caldera near Aguamansa.

When walking up the road to see the Trout Hatchery, at 12 noon, two young woman about 25 years old

approached us to ask directions and asked us to show then the way on the map they had. We obliged.

Later that afternoon I noticed my wallet was missing and thinking I must have lost it retraced our steps to quickly realise that it had been lifted from my velcro’ed pocket on my shorts by the two young women.

Returning to our apartment in El Valadero I stopped all the cards but one had been accessed and two sums of money removed before it was declined.

We reported this to the Guardia Civil in San Juan the following morning with the best possible descriptions.

two Days later we were returning from Los Gigantes and noticed some suspicious behaviour from four individuals on the road leading to the Barcelo Hotel. The had a black VW hatchback and had targeted a couple with same map in hand scam. We quickly recognised them and they recognised us and made a hasty departure.

We returned to the Guardia Civil with all the details we had of age, size clothes etc., a gang of two men and two women. We include the fact that it was a rental car and gave them the name of the company. We hope they have been captured but the reason for the mail is that they are very slick and people need to be on their guard. It can ruin your holiday and cost you a lot of grief. Nowhere is safe.

The police confirmed it was a serious problem.

Hope this helps

Steve Fowkes