Guardia Civil arrest three people in Tenerife for theft of 45 mobile phones valued at €10,500

  • Guardia Civil
  • 16-05-2024
  • Tenerife
  • Photo Credit: Guardia Civil
Guardia Civil arrest three people in Tenerife for theft of 45 mobile phones valued at €10,500

The Guardia Civil have arrested two people, and are investigating a third, as suspects in the theft of mobile phones valued at €10,500. The criminal activities came to light following a complaint (denuncia) filed by a victim of the theft, which happened in an area for employees of a commercial premises.

It is alleged that one of the detainees gained access to this area and stole, among other things, a bag containing €500 and a mobile phone valued at over €400.

Following this complaint, the police started investigating and discovered that the same stolen mobile phone had been sold to a shop specialising in the buying and selling of second-hand items, in Santa Cruz in Tenerife, and confiscated it so it could be returned to its rightful owner.

However, after interviewing the shop owner, he told them that he had bought it from someone on social media who sells lots of second-hand items.

Upon identifying and locating the seller, the police went to the address and found two men who confessed to buying and selling telecommunication devices through the platform, and voluntarily, handed over 45 mobile phones of various brands, models, and colours, along with a tablet, three laptops, and two digital watches to the agents, all of illicit origin. They had these items, in a room that was used to repair electronic devices, with an estimated value of €10,500.

Subsequently, agents obtained evidence leading to the arrest of a third suspect, who was allegedly responsible for stealing electronic devices from inside a commercial establishment located in the municipality of Candelaria, including the phone that started the investigation.

The detainees, along with the evidence gathered, have been brought before the Court of First Instance and Instruction acting as the Guard of Güímar for further legal proceedings.