The Local Police of Los Corrales de Buelna (Cantabria, 11,000 inhabitants) does not have a police station, nor does it have a night shift due to lack of personnel, and last Friday morning it woke up without 13 pistols, 1,500 bullets and without a bulletproof vest. The thieves had dared to enter the house of their enemy and access the armory of the premises that the agents use in a public building, shared with several associations. The security cameras have not been effective for a long time and several times the uniformed men had suffered damage to the cars, both patrol and private, without being able to arrest the perpetrators due to lack of evidence. The assault has exacerbated the irritation of a body that has been demanding better facilities for years.
The head of the Local Police, Tomás Gutiérrez, snorts when talking about the case that the Civil Guard is already investigating. “It’s a major robbery,” he qualifies over the phone. The assault, in addition to leaving the body in a bad place, “puts into circulation weapons that can cause dangerous damage.” The Civil Guard and the Government Delegation in Cantabria have supplied them with new weapons in order to continue carrying out their functions, and the Consistory (governed by the Regionalist Party of Cantabria) is “trying to provide gunsmiths and security conditions, requesting budgets and looking for The normality”. The head of the unit maintains that what happened was foreseeable. The Los Corrales police, he says, have been in facilities “for years” that do not meet the minimum conditions.
Everything worsened with the suppression of the night shift, which left that adapted barracks exposed to criminals and without the recording circuit being effective, regrets Gutiérrez, very critical of the municipalities “of all colors” that have prioritized other “more unnecessary expenses ”. Nothing changes, he criticizes, “until reality places us in our place.” Gutiérrez believes that it is obvious that the assailants were looking for exactly that ammunition and pistols, something in which the mayor, Luis Ignacio Argumosa, agrees, who told Europa Press that the criminals “were going to shoot, to look for the weapons”, and that they unpinned the gunsmith . Argumosa admitted that the project for a police station is still pending adjudication and was surprised by the magnitude of the robbery: “No one suspected that they were going to take the entire gunsmith.” Tomás Gutiérrez affects the discomfort of his colleagues: “They feel as if they had robbed us,” he laments.
A local neighbor, who prefers not to say her name, speaks of general “astonishment” regarding a robbery from the very police. “You expect security from the police. This shows that there was not as much as we think ”, he says.
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