A Dutch citizen has submitted to us her account of how her gold chain was stolen from around her neck in Barcelona in September.
It shows the methodical approach applied to stealing from tourists and the impunity with which these teams operate.
“In the old city, I had a drink at an ecological restaurant with my husband and daughter (18) on our first day in Barcelona. When we got up and walked away, a young man approached and was going to pass about two metres to my right.
I looked at him and saw he was nervous. So I kept on looking at him.
As he was passing he suddenly ran at me, grapped my golden necklace and pulled hard. Luckily the necklace gave way at once.
It made us all very angry and as he ran away we all started running after him, but then stopped realising it was not a wise thing to do.
He stopped some distance from us and he handed the necklace to another guy. They gathered into a larger group who were all looking at the necklace, while they kept a watch on us.
We went back into the restaurant but no one there seemed to be very surprised. They told us to go to the police at Placa Catalunya.
As we walked away my daughter told me she had seen the group of guys walking past the terrace earlier, and that membersof this group had stood for a time in each corner of the restaurant. Meaning, if I had walked in another direction another guy would have snatched the necklace from me.”
Gold chain snatching isn’t new. We’ve written about it before.