Tourists warned over suitcase snatchers
Tourists have been put on the alert after a bag-snatching scam returned to popular resorts in Spain.
A couple posing as holidaymakers have been mingling with genuine guests at receptions in hotels in Magaluf, Santa Ponça, Illetes and Peguera.
They are known to have committed at least ten snatches of bags and suitcases but have carried out similar thefts in other establishments on the island.
The man and woman, aged 47 and 48, have been arrested by police after they were caught by the CCTV cameras at one of the hotels. It is believed they may be the same couple responsible for a similar spate of thefts a couple of years ago but returned to their old haunts after being fined.
Similar incidents have been reported in other holiday destinations, including on the Spanish mainland. These are believed to have been carried out by different networks but using the same method.
The gang often organise themselves into groups of three or four and use distraction techniques, usually by talking to holidaymakers who have just arrived and waiting to be checked in to their rooms. Whilst two of the thieves chat to them, the others take the opportunity of the crowds and general confusion to walk casually off with their suitcases.
The couple arrested in Magaluf are of Romanian nationality and posed as tourists throughout the municipality of Calvia which is visited by thousands of Brits every year.
The bigger bag-snatching groups at work in other Spanish holiday destinations often use cars to make their escape at speed and get rid of their haul through organised outlets as soon as possible. They choose tourists because they know they will only be on holiday for a week or so and won’t be around to give evidence about them or hang around for any court case.