Seductress thief who targeted elderly men arrested in Spain

Catalan police have caught a woman accused of seducing and then drugging elderly men to steal their valuables.

Seductress thief who targeted elderly men arrested in Spain
Screenshot from video posted by Los Mossos - Catalan police.

Catalan police reported on Wednesday that they had arrested a woman in Barcelona for allegedly chatting up elderly men, going home with them and then slipping a drug into their drinks.

Police became aware of the 37-year-old femme fatale after two men reported similar stories of a inviting a woman over and taking a drink from her, only to wake up hours later with their houses ransacked.

The first man to go to police said that on January 28th, he started to talk to a woman in the street and she coaxed him into inviting her upstairs. The woman offered to make him a drink and the next thing he remembered was waking up in a hospital where he was admitted for drug poisoning. 

He later discovered that €2,000 in cash as well as various electronic devices and jewelry were missing from his home.

The second man reported that on February 7th, he also starting chatting with a woman in the street who he decided to invite home for a coffee. Once inside his house, the woman slipped a sedative into his coffee and he woke up to find money and jewelry missing.

Police said that based on the description given by the men of the woman and her modus operandi, they were able to locate the woman just as she appeared to be honing in on her next victim: they found her chatting up an elderly man as she handed out flyers for a restaurant.

But police intervened and stopped her before she could get to his doorstep. 

When they searched the woman, they found she has four pills and three wrappers containing a white substance. A further investigation of the woman's home found €2,200 in cash as well as a very large quantity of jewelry, including numerous watches and necklaces – leading the police to believe there may be more victims.

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Detinguda per drogar homes abans de robar-los

Detinguda per drogar homes abans de robar-los els diners i les joies. La dona es guanyava la seva confiança per acompanyar-los al seu domicili on els adormia amb una droga que els hi barrejava amb la beguda. La vam detenir a punt d’entrar en un altre domicili acompanyada d’un home gran, en l’escorcoll li vam trobar quatre pastilles i tres embolcalls amb una substància de color blanc

Posted by Mossos d'Esquadra. Generalitat de Catalunya on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Police said the woman had a criminal record of committing two similar acts outside of Catalonia.

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Why has the expansion of Barcelona airport prompted mass protests?

Around 10,000 people demonstrated against the expansion of the El Prat airport in Barcelona on Sunday.

Why has the expansion of Barcelona airport prompted mass protests?
People march during a demonstration against the expansion of the Barcelona-El Prat airport. Photo: Pau BARRENA / AFP

Several ecological and agricultural organisations, have demanded that the expansion be stopped due to the fact nearby wetlands and farms would have to be destroyed.

The demonstration took place on Calle Tarragona in the Catalan capital between Plaça d’Espanya and Plaça dels Països Catalans.

The protests still took place, even though last week, Spain suspended the €1.7 billion airport expansion project, citing differences with the Catalan government, after president Pere Aragonès said he wanted to avoid destroying La Ricarda lagoon, a natural reserve next to the airport. 

Environmentalists decided not to call off the march, in case plans for the airport expansion still went ahead.

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Political representatives from ERC, En Comú Podem and the CUP also attended, as well as the leader of Más País, Íñigo Errejón; the Deputy Mayor for Ecology of the Barcelona City Council, Janet Sanz, and the Mayor of El Prat de Llobregat, Lluís Mijoler.

People from neighbourhoods across the city marched towards Calle Tarragona and could be seen holding placards that read Nature yes, airport no and shouting slogans such as “More courgettes and fewer planes” and “Fighting for the climate, health, and life”. 

One of the largest groups of people were those from El Prat de Llobregat, the municipality which is home to the airport, who were led by tractors. 

People march during a demonstration against the expansion of Barcelona-El Prat airport. Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP

In addition to protesting against the expansion of the El Prat airport, people were also demonstrating against the Winter Olympic Games in the Pyrenees and extensions to airports in Mallorca and Madrid. 

A representative of Zeroport, Sara Mingorría said “We are here to defend not only La Ricarda, but the entire Delta”. 

The philosopher Marina Garcés also argued that the expansion of the airport would mean “more borders, more mass tourism, more control and more precarious jobs.” 

The leader of the commons in the Catalan parliament, Jéssica Albiach, who also attended the protest, asked the PSOE for “coherence”: “You cannot be passing a law against climate change and, at the same time, defend the interests of Aena [the airport operations company]”, she said. 

She also urged the leader of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, to “definitely say no. 

If the airport expansion in Barcelona goes ahead, environmentalists say that CO2 emissions would rise by a minimum of 33 percent. These levels would surpass the limits set by the Catalan government’s climate targets.