In the last few weeks, officers from the National Police and the Guardia Civil have delivered another blow to organised crime on the Costa. According to the Ministry of the Interior, investigators have identified the members of two gangs that were behind more than 42 home burglaries and subsequently disbanded them both, with the arrest of nine people.
The first of the organisations specialised in nighttime burglaries, often while homeowners were asleep. Police arrested three members of the group, all of Albanian origin, after they returned home following three burglaries in Marbella. They are currently awaiting trial in Benalmádena and are thought to be the perpetrators of 26 burglaries in Malaga and Marbella. In addition to stolen items, officers have seized 5,300 euros in cash and three firearms.
The second organisation carried out their burglaries during the working day, whilst residents were away from home. The six Spanish citizens that have been detained in Malaga are thought to have committed 39 crimes in Malaga and Cordoba, 15 of which were burglaries.
The investigation began after the Guardia Civil in Nerja identified a vehicle carrying solar-powered batteries and tools that had been reported stolen.