The Guardia Civil has carried out a new action in the framework of the Plan Mayor de Seguridad, in which a person has been arrested for a crime of theft by stealing numerous jewels from an elderly couple in the Almeria town of Cuevas de Almanzora.
This action is part of the Plan Mayor de Seguridad, a project that is developed on an ongoing basis and by which the Guardia Civil officers maintain continuous contact with our elderly, carrying out activities and talks in which they are offered advice to prevent them from becoming victims of this type of crime.
The Guardia Civil began investigating the facts at the end of last month through a complaint filed by the victims, who stated that they had been robbed of almost all the jewellery they had in their home (pendants, chains and gold rings), worth approximately 5,000 euros. The complainants were very elderly people with health problems and special needs.
The perpetrator, a bar owner, had gained the trust of the couple to whom she regularly served food at home. Throughout this year, one of the elderly had to frequently attend health centres and even stay in hospital at various times, so the couple decided to contract a full daily menu (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for the person who was left alone in the house, who was also blind. The detainee, who had the keys to the house to make the deliveries, took advantage of these circumstances to gradually steal the jewellery from the elderly over the months.
The Guardia Civil officers investigated the possibility that the detainee had sold jewellery in specialised establishments in towns near Cuevas de Almanzora and confirmed that she had done so in Huércal Overa and Lorca. When they took a statement from the alleged perpetrator, they found significant contradictions in her account and the detainee ended up confessing spontaneously and voluntarily to the crime.
The Guardia Civil has recovered a large part of the jewellery that the detainee had sold and which had brought her a profit of around 2,500 euros, which have been handed over to their owners.
The proceedings carried out by the Guardia Civil, together with the detainee, have been handed over to the Examining Magistrate’s Court in Vera.
Major Security Plan
Citizen safety is an essential mission in the daily work of the Guardia Civil and the elderly in our society are a group that must be given special protection.
The Major Security Plan, launched by the Secretary of State for Security in 2010, aims to achieve the following general objectives:
Prevention of the main threats detected to the security of our elderly.
Promote the trust of the elderly in the Security Forces and the development of proactive behaviour to report situations and crimes of which they may be victims.
To improve the response of the Security Forces and Corps in their dealings with the elderly.
On its website, the Guardia Civil offers some basic safety advice for the elderly, at the following link: