FIVE PEOPLE have been arrested for assaulting a 68-year-old woman and stealing 102 thousand euros from her at her Elche area home, after threatening her with a kitchen knife.
The incident at her La Marina village property was an inside job, as two of those arrested were a Spanish couple that knew her well, including her hoard of money and her gold jewellery that was also stolen.
A getaway car used by three of the gang was chased by a Guardia Civil patrol vehicle on the N-332 and crashed in Santa Pola, with local police officers helping to arrest the trio after they fled on foot.
All of the money and jewellery was recovered, with the woman being thrown onto her bed during the ordeal and gagged, whilst a knife was waved in front of her face.
Unfortunately for the crooks, a neighbour spotted them leaving and heard the woman´s cries for help, and immediately called the police.
The gang, which included a Columbian and an Ecuadorian, as well as three Spaniards, were all refused bail after appearing before an Elche court.