There is an address in Barcelona that has been whispered to us by many local contributors.
It’s allegedly the headquarters for bag snatching and pickpocketing in the area around Santa Maria del Mar, Carrer Montcada, Carrer Princesa, Carrer Comerç and Rambla del Born.
We’ve heard stories about how empty bags are flung from the windows to the street below, empty, discarded, all valuables removed. The bags sit there mid-street for the cleaners, the police or a victim to later find.
The building at this address is for the most part squatted and those who lurk within use it for refuge.
It’s possible there are innocents who live here, and for this reason we’re not revealing the full address of the building, but we’ll refer to it as Carrer dBV18b… for those who know the city, and for those who are good at recognising locations from our accompanying photos, you won’t need any more information.
We’re writing about it here to let the robbers who reside within know that we know; we’re writing about it to let the police know that we know; and we’re writing about it to ask why the local government does nothing about it…
Here are a few shots of Carrer dBV18b. If you are robbed in the area, it’s likely your bag, rucksack or wallet will end up here. We don’t recommend you enter, but at least now you know.