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Man fights off raiders
Have-a-go restaurant owner
An Arona restaurant owner whose premises suffered eight robberies in the space of a few months turned the tables on raiders who tried to rob him for a ninth time and fought them off with their own tools.


Thieves regularly targeted the man’s cigarette machine and foods
Thieves regularly targeted the man’s cigarette machine and foods

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28.11.2015 - The three raiders broke into the restaurant near El Fraile late at night and gave a tranquiliser to the owner’s dog to put it out of action.  However, they did not realise that the man had been sleeping on the premises to prevent more losses.

He ran down the stairs and hurled chairs and tables at the trio, who dropped the holdall they were carrying in their efforts to escape.  Police who were called to the scene found patches of blood on a table and on the floor and the owner, who is originally from South America, admitted he had lashed out at them with the wire cutters and crowbar they had dropped in their haste as they fled.

“I got fed up with the burglaries and losing the contents of the cigarette machine and meat and other food, so I decided to sleep at the restaurant as a precaution,” said the owner, who is being hailed as a hero in an area of the south that is becoming notorious for crime.

 



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