Miguel Briones (c) and police chiefs explain the haul.
Miguel Briones (c) and police chiefs explain the haul. / Francis Silva

Brits among those held for violent ATM attacks across Costa area

  • Hand grenades and marijuana were among items seized when the gang was arrested, as officials say over 70,000 euros was stolen during the 14 raids

Police and government officials gave more details last weekend of the gang that was recently arrested for a string of violent bank cashpoint robberies across Malaga province over the last few months.

National Police and Guardia Civil arrested five suspects last week, two British and two Spanish citizens, four of whom have now been charged. According to police chiefs, one of the Britons held has a criminal record in the UK for handling weapons, explosives and activities similar to the recent spate of fourteen ATM attacks.

Last Saturday, the national government’s official representative in Malaga province, Miguel Briones, showed the booty seized during the arrest of the attackers.

Almost 40,000 euros cash, of the supposed 70,000 euros taken by the thieves, has been recovered, along with bags of marijuana and two hand grenades ready to be used.

Police believe the money was used to buy drugs, and that new line of inquiry has already led them to marijuana plantations and cocaine laboratories.

The thieves used explosives or gas to blow up the ATMs at night.