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article imageMaids clean up in undercover theft operation in Madrid, Spain

By Anne Sewell     Aug 10, 2013 in World
Madrid - A gang of thieving maids has been disbanded by Spanish police. They had been "employed" in an undercover operation to burgle the luxury homes that they cleaned. They have now been arrested by police in mop-up operations.
So far five people have been detained in connection with five burglaries in Madrid over the past three months.
According to the National Police, some of the gang's female members posed as cleaning ladies, advertising their services on the Internet or via hand-out leaflets, and charging very low prices.
Reportedly the women used fake names and even had a prepared script to make it easier to find work via recruiting agencies as cleaners and live-in caregivers.
Once they had been hired and gained their employers' trust, they set about mopping up any valuable objects in the luxury homes. Occasionally, they even called on other gang members to give assistance, if they happened to stumble upon a safe.
Police in Madrid found jewellery, watches, mobile phones, pens and perfume bottles, along with some incriminating job applications, whilst searching two of the suspects' addresses.
5  cleaning ladies  have been arrested in Madrid for committing burglary in luxury homes.
5 "cleaning ladies" have been arrested in Madrid for committing burglary in luxury homes.
National Police
Among the incidents allegedly attributed to this group is a robbery in July in the Madrid town of El Alamo. Days before the robbery, one of the arrested women was hired to care for an elderly, wheelchair-bound person who needed help for their basic needs.
After robbing the house, the fake maid did not hesitate to abandon the elderly person for more than 15 hours, leaving them all alone in the house. The victim's cries for help alerted neighbors who came to the person's aid.
Those arrested have appeared in court, and they will be facing prison time.
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