They are 19 and 21 years old; the two young persons nicknamed  the “hugs and kisses thieves”, have now been detained by the PSP on suspicion of joining a group that walks around the city of Lisbon offering hugs and kisses to girls, some under physical coercion, to steal mobile phones, money and other personal items.

The Lisbon Metropolitan’s area is one of the areas used by the gang who also operate on the streets of Loures.

In all, PSP’s Public Transportation Security Division has so far recorded 15 robberies for the “hug and kiss” process.

According to the PSP, the two young people now detained have been remanded in custody.

Two others are also identified and the PSP continues to investigate all the activity carried out by the group.