PJ catch suspected armed robbers

Two men were arrested separately by the Polícia Judiciária (PJ) police earlier this month in connection with armed robberies committed in the Algarve, while a third was caught red-handed stealing from cars by plain clothes police.

A 37-year old man was arrested by the PJ in Lisbon on August 13 on suspicion of armed robbery at the Ecomarché supermarket in Quarteira on August 6, where a total of 70,000 euros was stolen.

According to the PJ, when caught, the man was preparing to transfer 20,000 euros abroad, believed to be from the robbery, after which he was planning to leave the country.

On the same day, plain-clothed GNR police from Armação de Pêra caught a man trying to break into cars parked at the Aqualand water park in Alcantarilha.

According to the GNR, the man, who drove a car with Spanish number plates, was using knives and scissors to open car doors before stealing items from the vehicles.

The man, whose real identity was not known as he presented the GNR with false documents, was taken to Silves court the following day.

Meanwhile, a second man aged 28 was arrested by the PJ on August 12 on suspicion of three armed robberies in the region, the first of which took place at a currency exchange bureau in Albufeira on July 3, where around 6,300 euros was stolen.

According to the PJ, the man is also suspected of an armed robbery on July 15 where 2,000 euros was stolen from a petrol station in Loulé and a third robbery on August 3 at an office in Albufeira where around 35,000 euros was stolen.