Eight people believed to be part of a gang that targeted tourists in Madrid have been arrested. The gang posed as police officers, stopping tourists to search their cars before stealing high value items.

From Deutsche Welle

Spain arrests ‘fake police’ after tourist robberies

As well as brandishing fake police badges, the culprits wore hats with the word “Espana” as part of their disguise.

They feigned searches of cars before making off with high value items, including expensive watches, smartphones and jewelry that was found in police searches of three suburban homes. Cash was also stolen – both in euros and foreign currency.

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