The National Police have arrested eight members of an organised gang whose main activity was stealing from cars parked at shopping centres, golf courses and hotels along the Costa del Sol.
The gang would watch and wait, particularly in crowded areas, as people went to open their cars. Some of the gang then distracted the vehicle owners while others snatched handbags and other valuables from inside the vehicle. A third group assisted in ensuring a speedy getaway.
Police first identified two of the gang members and then through surveillance managed to identify the other members and where they lived.
Raids on several houses resulted in the recovery of numerous stolen items. The detainees will be appearing in court in Marbella shortly.