Palma de Majorca.—Local and National Police from Palma surprised a would-be thief in the early hours of yesterday morning after he had broken into a petrol station on the dual carriageway leading to Manacor.

The police were alerted by a number of calls from members of the public and a newspaper delivery man at about 6am, claiming that a robbery was taking place at the service station situated by the Agama roundabout and that the thief had managed to enter the premises.

Police responded rapidly and were able to see for themselves that the thief had broken a metal barrier and a glass window in order to enter the building.

Once inside, he apparently grabbed not just the till and all the money inside it - but also alcoholic drinks, cigarettes and lighters.

Once he realised that the robbery had been discovered, the thief made an attempt to flee the scene of the crime on a small 49 c.c. motorcycle.
Once police observers had punched the number plate details into their database, it was soon discovered that the vehicle was stolen.
Police gave chase and succeeded in cutting off the thief en route.
Investigating sources confirmed that the culprit was a 35-year-old Spaniard.To make sure they had “got their man” police watched the replay of the security cameras at the filling station which revealed the thief's identity. A National Police vehicle took the thief to headquarters in Calle Simó Ballester.


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