Armed Robbery in Ibiza Marina
- Two Gunmen on Motorcycle Robbed High End Clothing Store of Around 5,000€
The National Police are on the hunt for two masked motorcyclists responsible for an armed robbery in Marina Botafoch on Sunday evening.
Able to conceal their identity by their helmets, the two crossed the Port gates and security cameras proceeding to the high end fashion retailer, Philipp Plein.
Threatening staff by brandishing their handguns, they absconded with between 4,000 and 5,000 euros in cash, and clothing valued at an additional several thousand euros.
The robbery took place at around 7.45pm. Officers of the Unit of Specialised and Violent Crime (UDEV) of the National Police were in attendance to take witness statements the same evening.
Their investigations revealed that some people witnessing the crime had tried to intervene, but once on the bike, the pillion rider had raised his pistol aiming towards them.
In a report by the diario de ibiza it was said that the security staff at the port and those at the shop decided not to intervene to prevent injuries. The managers of the marina did not want to make statements about this event, nor did those responsible for the clothing store.
The robbery has caused some concern on the marina, with one witness saying to the Diario, “Of course we are worried about what happened yesterday [in reference to Sunday], it was very strong, I have seen the images of the cameras and the truth is that it scares us all a little”.
Fears are that the robbery could indicate a more violent change in the modus operandi of the crime gangs that are known to work in Ibiza Marina.
In the past they have concentrated on the theft of luxury watches from individuals, and though not underrating the fear and danger in such crimes, the use of guns would be an extremely worrying step.
The gangs operating in Marina Botafoch are known by police to be part of organised crime gangs based in Napoli, Italy, though there is no direct evidence support a connection between this robbery, and those made by the Italian gangs in past summers.