Restraining order of a highway in Spain for a repeat thief of the AP7 | Catalonia

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View of the AP7 motorway in La Jonquera.
View of the AP7 motorway in La Jonquera.ALBERT GEA (Reuters)

The Court of Instruction number 3 of Reus has prohibited a man who accumulates several antecedents for robbery from approaching the AP7 motorway, in any of its sections that run through Spain. It is the precautionary measure that the judge on duty has issued after taking a statement from a 47-year-old neighbor of Vandellòs i l’Hospitalet de l’Infant, who was arrested this Tuesday by the Mossos d Esquadra, for his alleged relationship with several assaults on drivers committed with the flat tire method.

According to the Mossos, the detainee has a prolific criminal curriculum and, in a month and a half, he would have committed at least four assaults on the highway, with which he would have obtained a loot of 12,000 euros.

The investigation carried out by the Catalan Police’s Mobility Operational Unit (UOM) began on September 17, after a robbery committed in the AP7, near Salou. The victim said that while he was driving, a vehicle pulled up to his same height and the occupant motioned for him to stop on the shoulder. The reason for the warning was, supposedly, to alert that he was traveling with a flat tire. There was actually nothing wrong with the wheel, and after checking and returning to the interior of his car, he discovered that his carry-on bag had been stolen, containing a large amount of cash and other valuables. A person, the detainee, was hiding in the warning car of the false puncture, who allegedly took advantage of the tire pressure verification maneuvers to get into the victim’s vehicle and sweep away whatever was in sight. In total, the thief obtained a loot of about 9,000 euros.

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The Mossos report that, a day later, the same man, also in cahoots with an accomplice, repeated the same type of theft in the AP7, this time around Reus. The driver of another vehicle was notified of an alleged breakdown, to convince her to stop on the shoulder. When she was distracted checking the condition of the car, two handbags were stolen from inside the vehicle. The objects reported had a total value of 825 euros. Without pause, that same day the thief perpetrated another similar coup on the C-31, in Viladecans. Repeating modus operandi, he stole objects valued at 1,048 euros. The last of the reported thefts occurred on November 5, on the AP7, as it passed through the town of Amposta. The thief managed to seize several objects, valued at 1,418 euros, using the same distraction method.

The detainee, with numerous police records for property crimes, passed on Wednesday at the disposal of the Reus court. The judge decreed his release with charges, but imposed a restraining order from the AP7, throughout his journey. The AP7, also known as the Mediterranean highway, draws one of the longest routes in the Spanish road network, stretching from the Jonquera border to Algeciras.



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