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Highway Robbery

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Posted: Tue Apr 9, 2019 8:17pm
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Debsmart19

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I am new to this forum. We  bought a little Villa in Orba in February this year and have returned today after having building work done and such.  We travelled through France and Spain by car as we were bringing lots of stuff with us. 

We stopped (last stop before Orba) 3 hours away at services near a place called Aposta. As we drew away from the services we were registering a flat tyre. On pulling over to the hard shoulder indeed our right back tyre was completely flat.  Within a few minutes of stopping a car pulled into the hard shoulder and a chap got out and offered to help.  

Basically in the space of 3 mins, he had distracted us and an accomplice had got into the passenger door and are both my handbag and my husband's 'manbag' .  Cards, money and driver's licence as well as a tablet and Kindle. 

The aftermath was terrifying and lengthy ending in a 8 hour ordeal , 3 on the motorway most of it alone and the rest waiting for recovery and getting a new tyre (which had been pierced with a blade), the rest in a police station. 

The police were overjoyed as we got the whole thing on Dash Cam.  

W have received nothing but kindness from everyone since. The tyre man who kindly lent us 150€ , the motorway maintenance men, the civil police the recovery man , our lovely neighbours and our lovely builder who lent us even more money.

But be warned , highway robbery is live and kicking along the motorways of Spain.

RayD

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Tue Apr 9, 2019 8:42pm

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Posted: Tue Apr 9, 2019 8:42pm

I'm so sorry for your bad experience and ordeal, but at least you also found genuine kindness in Spain in your time of need.

It seems as if the tyre was slashed in the service station and the robbers were following you in anticipation.

I hope you can put it all behind you now and that it doesn't tarnish your view of Spain as the people here are very open hearted, as you eventually found.

Debsmart19

Debsmart19

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Tue Apr 9, 2019 8:47pm

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Location: Orba

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Posted: Tue Apr 9, 2019 8:47pm

Indeed,  it has actually restored my faith in human beings. Those scum will never get the better of us,  but I just wanted to warn others as the police said it was a regular occurence.  It was a very slick and practiced operation.  

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Tue Apr 9, 2019 9:03pm

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Posted: Tue Apr 9, 2019 9:03pm

Sorry to hear of your terrible ordeal  Deb and lovely to hear of the kindness of others in your hour of need, Well done to those people who helped you.

As for the trash who robbed you , Well I hope they are traced, they need a good kicking ! 

LeckyLes.

Bles

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Tue Apr 9, 2019 11:05pm

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Posted: Tue Apr 9, 2019 11:05pm

LeckyLes wrote on Tue Apr 9, 2019 9:03pm:

Sorry to hear of your terrible ordeal  Deb and lovely to hear of the kindness of others in your hour of need, Well done to those people who helped you.

As for the trash who robbed you , Well I hope they are traced, they need a good kicking ! 

LeckyLes.

Debsmart I'm so sorry to hear what happened to you, sending you a hug, bless ya, dont let these horrible people put you off Spain... no I dont mean this bunch above me.. Haha they are good in their own way.. even killjoy lol

Keep smiling you will be fine I'm sure, stay strong love.

Kimmy11

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Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:23pm

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Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:23pm

Hi Debsmart,

What a dreadful experience you've had, so sorry to hear about this, but how kind of you to take the time to alert us, thank you. 

Sadly, this is a more common occurrence than you'd think, especially on the motorways around Madrid, so it's heartwarming to hear of the kindness you've received from others when you needed it most.  Hope you can put it behind you soon and make the most of the lovely weather and hospitality in Spain.

If there's anything we can help with, don't hesitate to ask.  Welcome to the forum!

Best wishes,

Kim

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