An eight-strong Romanian gang that robbed tourist cars at service areas on the AP-7 has been rounded up by the Guardia Civil. The crooks, who operated at areas on the motorway between Alicante in the south and Castellón in the north, have been charged with theft, violence, and possession of fake documents.
The Guardia realised that a serious problem was developing after getting an increased number of reports that property was being stolen from cars, with elderly drivers of foreign -plated vehicles especially targeted.
A couple of people would approach a vehicle asking for help from the driver, with one of the gang members then stealing from the car. In some cases, windows were broken whilst the passengers slept, and, in once instance, the same female driver was robbed twice within 30 minutes.
During the arrests at three addresses in Castellón, Guardia officers removed large amounts of cash in euro and pounds, as well as seizing 11 stolen high-end cars; 25 watches; in addition to numerous other items.