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Fugitive veteran bank robber arrested in Spain

Spanish police said Sunday they had arrested a 66-year-old man who is suspected of robbing nine banks since he fled prison last month while on furlough.

Fugitive veteran bank robber arrested in Spain
Archive photo of someone getting handcuffed. Photo: Tar Sands Blockade/Flickr Creative Commons.

The man, who the authorities believe has been robbing banks for over 35 years, was arrested at a hotel in Getafe, a southern Madrid suburb, where he was spending the night, police said in a statement.

He had been on the run since April when he failed to return to the Alcala Meco prison near Madrid where he was serving time for bank robbery after being released on furlough.

Police said the suspect used the same technique in his robberies — he would dress formally, show a pistol to bank staff while calmly demanding cash and then flee the scene on public transportation.

He is suspected of carrying out his most recent bank robberies in Madrid, the nearby city of Toledo and the Mediterranean port on Alicante.

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Six arrested in connection with burglary at Ronaldo’s Ibiza house

Six people have been arrested in connection with the €3-million burglary at the house belonging to former Brazil forward Ronaldo, AFP learned on Thursday from sources close to the investigation.

Six arrested in connection with burglary at Ronaldo's Ibiza house

Paris Saint-Germain player Marco Verratti was staying at Ronaldo’s house in Ibiza but was not home when the burglars struck on Monday, making off with jewellery and money.

Two people were arrested in the port of Denia in eastern Spain and four others were held in the southern city of Malaga, these sources told AFP without further details.

According to the Spanish press, four of the six arrested are Albanian, the other two being a Spaniard and a Romanian, making up an organised gang specialising in burglary.

Press reports also claim that the Spanish police recovered a large part of the loot, estimated at around €3 million.

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