Update 14 January 2011: La Orotava Guardia Civil officers have arrested two Algerian residents of Santa Cruz for thefts from vehicles parked in stopping places in the Teide national park. The two men, of 38 and 43 years of age, are charged on five counts of stealing from cars, once with forced entry, in the area at the beginning of December.
The victims were all tourists visiting Teide, and were robbed of cash and electronic items amounting to €11,500 in total. Although these thieves will now not be on the loose to prey on drivers, they are another salutary lesson not to leave cars unattended, even if locked. PV
Original post 18 October 2010: Police have picked up a 45 year old Algerian from Los Realejos with a criminal record as long as your arm for breaking into vehicles, particularly at viewing areas where tourists are momentarily distracted by the sights. The parasite was hovering around cars in one of the many mirador points of Masca which have been experiencing car thefts over recent months.
When he realized he’d been spotted by the Guardia Civil he tried to slip away, but when he was apprehended, police checked him against the database and found his lengthy record. They also found in his possession a range of equipment for forcing entry into cars, and a considerable quantity of cash.
He is now being charged with 17 robberies from cars in Masca mirador points, as well as with possessing falsified documents with which he hired cars to take him to his “work”. This is one thief who will not be preying on beauty-spot lovers for a while, but he serves as a salutary lesson. Don’t leave cars unattended, even if they are locked, in these places. They are a magnet for such thieves. PV