! Murcia Today – Gang of thieves using military tactics target tourists at Alicante airport
Three men were caught red-handed and arrested for theft and other crimes at Alicante-Elche airport on the Costa Blanca
National police arrested three thieves who allegedly attacked tourists at Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernández airport using “military tactics” to identify the victims, plan their movements and hide their identities.
The detainees, aged 33 to 49, are said to be part of an Albanian-Kosovar criminal organization that prowled around the arrivals area posing as travelers. They apparently moved around the airport with backpacks, tote bags, wigs, caps and other disguise accessories, looking for vulnerable vacationers to steal.
According to the police, they also adopted military tactics to observe the movements of the victims, monitor a possible police presence and coordinate their own movements.
While one of the suspects distracted the unsuspecting victim, another was tasked with committing the theft while the third gang member “facilitated the escape”, using rental vehicles.
After a lengthy investigation, the Elche National Police managed to identify the three men, immediately deploying a police operation inside the passenger arrival area and in the airport parking lot. The trio were caught “mingling with passengers” after allegedly picking a target, and all three were arrested in connection with at least six flights earlier this week.
A search of the rental car revealed changes in clothing, wigs and caps.
And in addition to the theft offenses, the detainees were charged with theft with falsification of documents and illegal stay in Spain.
IMAGE: National Police