Shotgun robber held in Almeria

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A 33-YEAR-OLD man who was allegedly responsible for a spate of armed robberies has been remanded in custody by a court in Almeria following his arrest.

The accused reportedly committed a total of three robberies, police claimed. He made threats to kill employees with a shotgun in the thefts which saw him take more than €4,500 over four days.

Police began their investigation earlier this month after being called to an arcade in the Cañada de San Urbano area of Almeria City.

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Workers there told police two hooded people walked in, with one carrying a firearm, and began telling them to hand over all the money in the site.

They threatened to shoot them if they did not comply. The suspects made off with around €3,000 from the arcade’s tills and safe.

They then went to a petrol station the next day where witnesses claimed they entered wearing sports clothes and carrying the weapon.

A worker at the station said the assailants had told them it was a robbery and demanded he hand over its money.

They then pointed the gun at him and were able to take around €582 in cash and more than €900 in ONCE lottery coupons.

Police said the suspects then drove in a stolen car to Almeria City and the armed robber went into an arcade on Avenida del Mediterraneo.

He threatened three customers and a worker with a shotgun before taking around €1,000 from a safe.

Police arrested the suspect on the street near his home following a probe to identify him. The investigation remains open as officers trace the other assailant.

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