English police follows gipsy lead and GNR refutes 'string of burglaries'
broadcast by TVI, October 28, 2013
Voice over - It's three men of gipsy ethnicity who are now the target of the English police. They would have been seen roaming around the apartment in Praia da Luz where the McCann family were holidaying, and were named as responsible for burglaries in the area. A report that at the time was made to the Judiciary Police by an Ocean Club employee, wasn't deemed relevant to the investigation but the English detectives think otherwise. They want to get to the three men and to try to fit them in the thesis that Madeleine was abducted following a robbery to the apartment.
The British press speaks about a string of burglaries weeks before the disappearance of the child in May 2007, something that no one has ever heard about until now and is refuted by several sources of the GNR contacted by TVI who worked in that area.
This is what is known of the investigation taking place in England. About the Portuguese one, which was archived in 2008 and reopened last Thursday at the request of the Judiciary Police no details are known even because the process is under secrecy of justice. It is only known that the reopening results of new evidence found during the reanalysis of the process done during the last two and a half years by a PJ team from Porto.
broadcast by Sky News, October 15, 2013
from 1m32s to 3m25s
Eamonn Holmes [Sky News anchor] - D'you know, what I find very disturbing as well..I mean, I know Portugal and the Algarve incredibly well..and ah..it came out, it materialized last night..ah..a spate of burglaries, which the Portuguese police are notorious for ignoring, or doing very little about, and if this was an Albanian, or a Romanian..ahm..gang..ahm..doing this, and they seem to operate with impunity..err..up and down the..the coast of the Algarve, breakin' in to apartments, and villas, and a-a-and all that sort of thing. [breathes in] The Portuguese police..really..have they taken care of the smaller stuff, and, and and, and the complex we were at may have been cased in advance, this may not, may not have happened, they hardly merit for the lot of credit from all of this, do they?
Mr. Paul Luckman, 'The Portugal News' Editor - Well, I don't know. I checked out with the management in that villa, and there were no reports of any additional activity in that time surrounding, either in regard with this charity collection or with robberies. They do carry on...
Eamonn Holmes - [speaks on top and interrupts P.L.] They, they, they said on the reports last night there were six robberies. [silence] The reports last night said there were six robberies.
Mr. Paul Luckman - Yeah, I heard it. We - I've been checking. Yep. Couldn't find anything to back that one up.
Eamonn Holmes - Yes. [sarcastically] Maybe because the police don't record them. Try to ignore them. [silence]
Mr. Paul Luckman - I think people don't even report them, most of the time. They are very, very careless, with their passports. Portugal is not really very bad for that. It does happen, you know, you quite right, you know that, you know the area well, but it's probably a lot less than most areas. (...)
The Ocean Club employee's statement
Comes to the case records and in the quality of a witness. That he is a maintenance worker at the tourist resort "Ocean Club" since March 2006. That in this tourist resort he is in charge of he maintenance of pools and all that relates with the properties. That in the sequence of of his work he moves around the whole resort, without restrictions, and that he knows it fairly well. Asked, he states that he is aware of the disappearance of the English girl named Madeleine, and that he learned about it on May 4 through the news in the media. He states that he worked at the resort close to 15h30 on the day of the girl's disappearance. Asked, the deponent refers that in the scope of his work and before the day of the girl's disappearance, he has only met the mother, whose name he does not know. This took place on a Tuesday, May 1, in the sequence of a maintenance job that he had to do inside the apartment where the family where lodged, that is, in block G5 letter A. That job was carried out between 10h and 11h, by the deponent and one colleague of his, that he only knows as Mario, and consisted in the repairment of the shutters from the parents bedroom. Following that they also taught the mother of the girl how to operate the washing machine. The lady in question was alone in the apartment. The only rooms in the apartment where he and his colleague were was in the kitchen and in the parents' bedroom. The deponent states that besides that job he does not know if any other work was carried out at the apartment since the arrival of the family to the resort until the day of the girl's disappearance. Asked he states that in the days preceding the girl's disappearance no one had any strange conversations with him related to the tourists, their children, the apartment, the facilities or the running of the resort. He also did not hear conversations of that nature to any other people. On the presence of a person or persons that would have exhibited a strange behaviour the deponent states that he did not see anything unusual. He just refers that, about four months ago, he detected the presence of three gipsies, near a warehouse of the resort, located close by the "Millenium" restaurant, who were trying to take some firewood that was there. The deponent knows that because that area is a warehouse zone and as such has few people circulating, it is usual for individuals of gipsy ethnicity to wander around there searching for scraps. Several thefts have taken place in that area and the deponent believes that their authorship lies with those individuals of gipsy ethnicity whose identifications are unknown to him. Asked, the deponent states that since the disappearance of the girl, Madeleine, until today he has not heard any comments that could help enlighten the motive of the disappearance, and as such, he has no other information that could contribute to that end. And more he didn't say. Read the case record, found it in accordance and he will sign it.
Related: Dave Edgar investigation, from "burglaries" to "gipsies", the likely leads currently being followed by DCI Andy Redwood's team.