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Cops now believe Madeleine McCann was taken by burglars during botched robbery

Madeleine McCann
Madeleine McCann

Police now believe missing child Madeleine McCann may have been taken by thieves following a botched robbery, according to reports in the UK media today.

The Telegraph say that Madeleine was abducted by a gang, one of whom worked at the resort where the English family were staying.

The man, who was reported to have driven a bus for the resort, was working with teenager and two other men to commit burglaries in the area.

Police now think that Madeleine was snatched after a robbery at the apratment went wrong.

There is evidence of phone calls between the gang on the night of the disappearance in 2007 that place them at the scene and police want to quiz them again after already speaking to them.

On the previous occasion they were questioned the three men admitted to petty thefts but denied anything to do with the child's disappearance.

Earlier this week, Scotland Yard chief Bernard Hogan-Howe spoke about one line of inquiry that still need to be followed up.

"There's been a lot of investigation time spent on this terrible case," he said.

 "It's a child who went missing, everybody wants to know if she is alive and if she is where is she, and sadly if she's dead then we need to give some comfort to the family.

"It's needed us to carry out an investigation together with the Portuguese and other countries have been involved.

"There is a line of inquiry that remains to be concluded and it's expected that in the coming months that will happen."

It is now believed this robbery gang theory is that final line of inquiry.