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Hapless thieves report losing phone at crime scene

If there's any time you shouldn't report a lost item, this is probably it.

Hapless thieves report losing phone at crime scene
Photo: Press office of the Jefatura Superior de Policía de Canarias.

Don't report your phone missing when that item has been left behind at a crime scene – especially when you are the one who committed the crime.

A group of suspected thieves learned that lesson the hard way in Las Palmas on the island of Gran Canaria, local police reported on Friday.

The owner of a bar told police that after locking up for the night, he surprised a man dressed in a black jacket, crouching by a door that apparently had been forced open, according to Spanish daily ABC.

The man fled from the scene, dropping his cell phone, and a witness told police there had been three men in total, escaping in a small, grey car.

Afterwards, the three reportedly went to a police station to report that a the phone had been stolen in a violent robbery.

Officers had already recovered the phone when the bar owner reported the robbery and showed it to the alleged thieves.

Without hesitation, the owner identified the phone as his own, making it quite simple for officers to then arrest the group for forced robbery.

A gray car fitting the description of the witness was later found near the police station. Inside was a black jacket and two screwdrivers.

One of the men told officers that they had entered the bar, but had not stolen anything.

But police found that this man appeared to be linked to involvement in a similar crime in November, according to Europa Press.

A judge ruled that two of the men were to be released on bail while the third was remanded in custody.

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Spain church attack suspect to undergo psychiatric testing

The Moroccan suspect held in connection with a machete attack on two Spanish churches, killing a verger and badly injuring a priest, will undergo psychiatric testing, a court said Tuesday.

Spain church attack suspect to undergo psychiatric testing

The case is being handled by the Audiencia Nacional, Spain’s top criminal court, with the judge in charge asking that “two doctors conduct a psychiatric evaluation of the suspect”.

The suspect, 25-year-old Yassine Kanjaa, was arrested at the scene after the attacks on two churches in the southern town of Algeciras last week.

The Audiencia Nacional said the psychiatric evaluation, which will be carried out by doctors from the court’s forensic department, would provide “information about the legal responsibility” of the “presumed jihadist”.

Prosecutors have opened a terror probe and, on Monday, the court remanded the suspect in custody without bail on murder and terrorism charges.

During the deadly incident on January 26th, the suspect entered San Isidro church and attacked its priest with a machete, leaving him seriously wounded before entering Nuestra Señora de La Palma.

There he attacked the verger and chased him out of the church where he killed him.

‘Targeted priests and infidels’

Court details released on Monday said the attacker had also injured three other people, including another Moroccan man whom he “considered an infidel” because he had renounced his faith.

It said Kanjaa’s actions could be “qualified as a jihadist attack directed at both priests who profess the Catholic faith, and Muslims who, according to the suspect, don’t follow the Koran”.

The court said the suspect fits the profile of a “self-indoctrinated terrorist who acts individually without direct ties to a specific terror group but operates in the name of jihadist philosophy”.

Last week, Spain’s left-wing government refused to rule out mental illness and the police have described him as “unstable”.

The court said Kanjaa became indoctrinated “rapidly” within the space of up to six weeks, citing witnesses as telling police that just before that, he “was drinking alcohol and smoking hashish”. Then he suddenly started listening “regularly to the Koran on his mobile phone”.

One of Kanjaa’s neighbours told AFP something similar on Friday, saying he had changed radically six weeks ago, growing a beard and wearing a long robe.

Officials have said Kanjaa was served with a deportation order last June but had no prior convictions and was not under surveillance.

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