• Spain's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Barcelona 'pickpocket busters' rescue tourist

Alex Dunham · 6 Jun 2013, 13:50

Published: 06 Jun 2013 11:37 GMT+02:00
Updated: 06 Jun 2013 13:50 GMT+02:00

Barcelona Metro passengers were alerted by Eliana Guerrero, a native Colombian who has made it her mission to warn the city against the dangers of pickpockets.

When Guerrero spotted how a French tourist had been pickpocketed and hurt by four thieves as they tried to get away, she blew her whistle to alert bystanders of the incident.

Around 20 passengers waiting on the platform realized what was happening and formed a human barricade to stop the thieves from escaping.

“It's the first time I've seen something like that, it was very exciting,” Guerrero told Spanish daily 20minutos.

Police and security guards were quick on the scene and arrested the felons.

“They're regulars in Barcelona’s underground,” police sources told 20minutos.

Story continues below…

“Between the four of them they have 501 felonies to their name.”

Guerrero is one many residents in Catalonia’s capital who have grown tired of the city’s pickpocketing problem in recent years and decided to take matters into their own hands by becoming cazacarteristas, or pickpocket busters.

Alex Dunham (alex.dunham@thelocal.com)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Man jailed for driving car with bomb into political party HQ
Police blocked off the streets in 2014 after the man drove his car with an explosive device into the office of the Popular Party. Photo: Gerard Julien/AFP.

An unemployed man who drove a car loaded with a home-made bomb into the Madrid headquarters of Spain's ruling Popular Party was sentenced to five years in jail.

Confused Spaniard causes evacuation of Cologne airport
Cologne Bonn airport was put on lockdown after the Spaniard skipped security. Photo: Patrik Stollarz/AFP

This might be the last time he decides to skip security...

Isis storm Real Madrid fan club in Iraq, shooting 12 dead
Real Madrid players. Photo: Javier Soriano/AFP

Spanish football authorities have condemned the attack on a Real Madrid supporters club, which left 12 fans dead during Saturday night's Champions League final.

How a quiet Barcelona block became a hotbed of protests
Police stand off against protesters in Barcelona. Photo: Conor DeVries.

Journalist and local resident Conor DeVries gives a first-hand account of the riots that have shaken one Barcelona neighbourhood.

Gallery
Ten amazing reasons to visit Spain's Canary Islands
Incredible scenery on the Canary Island of La Gomera. Photo: Till Krech/Flickr

To celebrate Canary Island Day, The Local takes a look at some of the best reasons to visit Spain's most exciting islands.

Four-day metro strike brings travel chaos to Barcelona
File photo of Barcelona Metro. Photo: AFP

Metro workers are striking from Monday until Thursday.

Gibraltar leader fears Spain sovereignty push over Brexit
Gibraltar's chief minister, Fabian Picardo. Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Spain may try to force the issue of joint sovereignty with Britain over Gibraltar in the event of a Brexit, the territory's chief minister said in an interview aired on Saturday.

What's on in Spain: June 2016
The Battle of Wine festival. Photo: AFP

Spaniards celebrate the arrival of summer with a month of festivals, concerts, and fairs.

Real Madrid come home to ecstatic crowds in capital
"How can I not love you!," shouted the ecstatic crowd at the Plaza de Cibeles. Photo: AFP

Thousands of Real Madrid fans chanted and waved supporter scarves under a rain of confetti on Sunday in the Spanish capital as the team returned home after an historic 11th European Cup win.

Real Madrid 'win lottery' to land Champions League title
Ronaldo posing with the trophy on Saturday night. Photo: AFP

Real Madrid striker, Cristiano Ronaldo, said penalties are just a game of chance after scoring the winning spot-kick to give Real Madrid an 11th Champions League crown on Saturday.

Sponsored Article
Eat, learn, live: unforgettable holidays in France
National
Stunning cave paintings found 300 metres below Spain
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Travel
Five good reasons why Extremadura should be on your bucket list
Lifestyle
Top Ten: Barcelona's coolest rooftop bars
National
Plane forced to dodge THREE drones to land in Bilbao
National
Spain launches campaign to stop English 'invasion'
Culture
Ten unique Basque words you need to learn right now
National
'It’s time to dig up Franco' say victims of Spain's dictatorship
Lifestyle
'Severe jellyfish stings' end Brit's Spanish swim feat
Sport
5 reasons why Spanish clubs dominate European football
International
Tesco to bring British tea and biscuits to Spanish stores
Culture
Bucket list: 16 brilliant things to do once in your life in Spain
National
Spain's Civil War victims to be exhumed from Franco's tomb
National
Two mums face jail for leaving kids in car to go out drinking
Education
Students at Spanish college forced to take exorcism class
National
Ten superb reasons why you need to visit San Sebastián
Society
Abused wife saved by hiding SOS note in son's homework
National
Look up! Rare meteor shower set to dazzle skies over Spain
Politics
Why Spain is heading for a Groundhog day election
Travel
Ibiza bans drinking in street… and that includes water
National
Expats didn't 'abandon' UK so ALL Brits should get EU vote
Features
What's on in Spain: May 2016
Travel
Discover Spain's breathtaking national parks
3,353
jobs available