Merchants on Passeig de Gràcia who have been crying out for months against insecurity in Barcelona’s so-called ‘golden mile’ breathed easy at noon this Thursday in May as they became spectators of the arrest of two pickpockets who were operating in the surroundings of the store Louis Vuitton, at the intersection with Calle de Mallorca. The agents of the Barcelona Urban Crime Group and the Eixample Mossos d’Esquadra, they were caught red-handed while trying to rob tourists in the area. It was two women with surgical masks who were reduced and handcuffed next to one of the Gaudí benches.
In the images, at least a dozen uniformed and plainclothes agents can be seen once the arrest was completed. The stamp can be interpreted as an example of the return to normality in the streets of Barcelona after the long covid pandemic. The return of the flood of tourists It brings to the surface pickpockets and some thieves specialized in stealing luxury watches displayed by clients of hotels and shops on Passeig de Gràcia.