Away from a crowded area, but an image of evidence against the pickpockets gathered by the Guardia Civil. | Guardia Civil

The Guardia Civil has arrested twelve members of a criminal gang that was specialising in theft at crowded markets and other places in Majorca. They are all between the ages of 20 and 38 and of Romanian nationality and face charges of offences against property.

The Guardia's criminal police and detectives based in Llucmajor initiated an investigation of this gang under an operation called "Montaña Clara", having received a mounting number of reports of thefts and pickpocketing at different markets across the island.

The investigation established that there was a gang, members of which operated in pairs and in specific areas of Majorca. Their principal targets were places with large numbers of people and they were after wallets and other valuables.

Searches were made at a hotel where members of the gang were staying. Among items recovered were mobile phones and watches in addition to items that had been stolen from shops. Alcudia, Cala Millor and Pollensa have been specifically identified as locations for the thefts.