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Warning to Brits in Spain as migrant gang sneakily slash cars tyres then rob owners by posing as Good Samaritans when they’re forced to pull over

POLICE have warned Brits in Spain of a migrant gang who slash car tyres and then rob owners by posing as Good Samaritans when they're forced pull over.

The thugs from eastern Europe, operated on a 450-mile stretch of the AP-7 motorway, which runs from Spain's north-eastern border with France to Murcia in the south-east.


Investigators believe they stole £42,800 (50,000 euros) in cash and valuables including designer handbags and jewellery.

CCTV footage filmed the gang members in the act, prying on victims at tollbooths along the motorway.

One video showed a gang member sneaking up to a Porsche stopped in front of him, stooping down to slash the rear tyre with a knife, and then rushing back to the passenger seat of his vehicle.

Another showed a man in shorts and a baseball cap creeping up behind a Renault van and stabbing its rear tyre several times at another motorway toll.

The two people inside were completely unaware what was happening.

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A victim told police he recalls a vehicle pull up beside him, and the driver signalled for him to stop on the hard shoulder.

In a statement to police, said “When he pulled over, the other motorist guided him towards the back of the car with the excuse that smoke was coming of the exhaust.

“Later on when he stopped at a service station, he found a bag with his valuables inside was missing."

Today six suspects have been arrested following a huge police operation which involved around 100 officers.

Cops believe the group, who have committed "hundreds of crimes against tourists", aimed to steal belongings from their victims’ vehicles when they stopped to fix the puncture.

They were arrested on suspicion of a string of crimes including 22 thefts and seven counts of criminal damage.

Investigators expect to bring more charges against them in the future.

The six suspects were remanded in custody yesterday after appearing before a judge at a court in the city of Reus near Tarragona in eastern Spain.

A spokesman for the regional Mossos d’Esquadra police force, which carried out the arrests, said: “We have smashed a criminal gang which targeted tourists in service stations on the AP-7 motorway and arrested the main suspects, six men of Serbian and Kosovan origin aged between 35 and 50.

“Some of the detainees were known to police, having been arrested in 2012 for the same reasons."






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