Tyres slashing bandits who preyed on tourists travelling along one of Spain’s main motorways have been arrested following a cross-border investigation.
The gangs would slash the tyres on their victims’ cars after they pulled into a service station on the popular AP-7 to take a break.
Working in teams of two and four, the highway men would point out the damage when the occupants returned to their cars, then take advantage of the distraction to steal valuables from the vehicles.
The gang, which operated along the motorway between Alicante and Girona and targeted victims as they headed south from France, are believed to have committed up to 10 robberies a day.
Other lucrative scams involving thieves targeting motorists include a car pulling up alongside the victim’s vehicle and pointing to the tyres, indicating a puncture. When the driver pulls over to check their tyres, the thieves snatch valuables from inside the car.
Another scam involves putting fliers on the windscreen to obscure the drivers view. The motorist hops out of the car to remove the leaflet and the thief reaches in the open door to grab bags, wallets, phones and other possessions of value.
Denna Bowman, Head Office