Thief fakes being run over in order to steal car

A 46-year-old Santa Cruz man has been arrested in south Tenerife after faking being knocked down and then attempting to steal the car of a driver who stopped to help him.

The motorist was driving in Las Galletas, and when he stopped to help the man he presumed to be injured, the thief threatened him with a kitchen knife. After a struggle, the despicable con man started to drive away with the victim being dragged along the ground. Eventually, with the help of various passers-by, the thief was overpowered and the Guardia Civil called.

The motorist thankfully suffered no more than light injuries, while the would-be robber has now been charged with robbery with violence and intimidation. LO, El Dia

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