GUARDIA Civil reported yesterday that on Thursday and Friday of last week, they had arrested a total of nine people in relation to a spate of robberies which had been taking place since the beginning of the year in the municipality of Santanyi .

No less than 15 legal complaints had been lodged about breaking and entering at properties spread widely over the area, from Cala Egos and Portopetro to Cala D'Or. Robbers principally made off with flat screen TVs plus linked CD and video players. The break-ins caused great alarm amongst residents in the different residential areas of Santanyi and police investigators set up a carefully orchestrated watch code-named “Operation Plasma” around what was becoming a case of serial robberies.

In an operation co-ordinated between the Guardia Civil in Santanyi and the Local Police, various suspects were finally identified. Sources close to the investigation said that the way the thieves operated was to obtain initial access to the properties along paths and alleys which were off the beaten track leading down to the sea. These permitted entrance to rear gardens and side entrances of their victims' homes. The criminals then forced open the windows and made off with high-tech TV sets.

It was on last Thursday and Friday that security forces finally arrested two people, one a minor, as alleged culprits and a further seven who were accused of receiving stolen goods. The Guardia Civil recovered 12 TV sets valued at approximately 14'000 euros and have set about returning them to their rightful owners. Inquiries are ongoing and police have not discounted further arrests to be made in the near future.

Separately police in Inca have arrested 23-year-old Argentinian Jonathan Abel G. who allegedly committed robbery with violence at an internet and telephone centre last December.

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