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Thieves target golf courses

By SOPHIE MCCARRICK [email protected]

Two Algarve golf courses were targeted by thieves within the space of a week.

A spokesperson for the GNR told the Algarve Resident that at approximately 2am on November 28 a building at the Oceânico Amendoeira Golf Resort, near Silves, was broken into.

It is believed a gun was used to force the door into the development’s clubhouse, where a safe was stolen. The amount of money stolen has not been disclosed and police say there were no witnesses.

The Algarve Resident contacted Oceânico but the company did not wish to comment.

On the same night, at around 4am, Continente supermarket in Silves was also raided by criminals who, using a JCB digger, stole two ATM machines from inside the building.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, December 3, just before midnight, the Pestana Vale da Pinta Golf Resort in Carvoeiro was also targeted, said the GNR spokesperson.

Two hooded men are said to have used an all terrain vehicle to break the automatic glass doors to the clubhouse.

They then went on to the reception area where a safe was stolen. The amount of money stolen has not been disclosed by the GNR.

Using a firearm, the thieves are said to have forced the doors to the restaurant and sales office open.

Bullet casings were found at the scene, which indicated that the firearm used was a 9mm calibre pistol.

According to Correio da Manhã newspaper, the security system in the reception area captured images of the raid, while a security guard witnessed the two hooded men fleeing the scene in the vehicle through a neighbouring field.

The Algarve Resident contacted Vale da Pinta Golf Resort but no one was able to issue a statement about the event.

Both crimes are now being investigated by the Polícia Judiciária.