Undercover police moment disguised as tourists attack a thief who addresses bathers in Mallorca

Three plainclothes officers surprised the thief in flagrante in Mallorca

This is the dramatic moment in which a thief who attacked bathers in Mallorca is cornered and arrested by undercover police disguised as tourists.

The three plainclothes officers saw him pinching valuables from tourists on the beach in Palma.

Some uniformed colleagues arrived to take him handcuffed while the secret trio returned to the coast with a backpack that contained the stolen phones, speakers and other valuables they had recovered.

You could see a Spanish tourist in a swimsuit explaining how the thief had been caught and detained while returning to the beach with his backpack.

Subsequently, the police laid the stolen objects on a wall facing the sea.

Speaking in English to victims of theft, they asked for their names and other details so they could return their property.

The cash and valuables that they recovered came to around £ 3,000.

A spokesman for the local police in the capital of Mallorca, Palma, said in a statement issued with the video: "The undercover officers observed how an individual took a backpack from the beach.

"After a persecution, they arrested him even though he put up resistance." They recovered items that included phones, credit cards and cards worth more than € 3,300 (£ 2950).

It is believed that the alleged thief, a 27-year-old Romanian, was part of a group of professional criminals who go to tourists in tourist centers such as Playa de Palma and Magaluf.

Three plainclothes officers surprised the thief in flagrante in Mallorca

Three plainclothes officers surprised the thief in flagrante in Mallorca

I had stolen almost £ 3000 on phones, speakers and other valuables

I had stolen almost £ 3000 on phones, speakers and other valuables

I had stolen almost £ 3000 on phones, speakers and other valuables

They usually expect victims to leave their valuables unsupervised by going to the sea for a quick bath before hitting, although they can become violent if challenged.

Last month, police arrested four Spaniards and a Romanian one night after seeing them stealing the belongings of two groups of tourists in Playa de Palma.

Local reports at the time said that one of the Spaniards and the Romanian were known by the police and had been arrested almost 40 times among them for similar crimes.

The three discovered officers chased him before being arrested

The three discovered officers chased him before being arrested

The three discovered officers chased him before being arrested

The uniformed police took the man in handcuffs, while the plainclothes officers returned them to the victims

The uniformed police took the man in handcuffs, while the plainclothes officers returned them to the victims

The uniformed police took the man in handcuffs, while the plainclothes officers returned them to the victims

Officers are often frustrated because courts release suspects on bail after they are arrested, and simply return to their old criminal ways once they are released from custody.

In Magaluf, some recidivists have received restraining orders that prevent them from going to nearby places such as Punta Ballena, which is more popular with British tourists.

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