A Guardia Civil car, stolen during an anti-drug-smuggling operation in Vélez-Málaga, has been recovered, found parked on a street in the Fuente Olletas area of Malaga city on Tuesday.
The theft followed a routine operation in the Axarquía municipality during which the Guardia Civil received a tip-off about the landing of a shipment of hashish.
The officers headed quickly to the beach and were able to successfully seize "a significant shipment" of hashish as well as arrest around a dozen people allegedly involved.
However, it wasn't until officers took those arrested back to their patrol cars that they noticed that one of them was missing.
As a result, a large operation was set in motion to track down the missing car on the eastern Costa del Sol and in Malaga city.
The search yielded the desired result at around 5am when a National Police unit found the car, perfectly parked, in Fuente Olletas.
When they found it, the engine was already cold. According to sources consulted by SUR, nothing was missing from inside the vehicle - neither police equipment nor officers' personal belongings.
The car, which is electric, didn't have any keys in it, nor did it appear to have been tampered with so an investigation is ongoing into how it could have been taken when the ignition key was in the officer's pocket.
Water and sand were found inside the car, suggesting that it was taken by one of the smugglers who took advantage of the commotion and fled the scene.