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Arrests pending in Madeleine McCann case

British police have sent a request to the Portuguese police asking permission to arrest suspects who they believe are connected to the case of a British girl that went missing from a resort in 2007.

Kate and Gerry McCann hold up a missing poster for Madeleine
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Madeleine McCann was only three-years-old when she disappeared from a vacation resort in Praia da Luz, while her parents were having dinner with friends.

British police want to arrest and talk to three men who were known to have burglarized the resort and are waiting for permission to do just that from the Portuguese police.

"We can confirm that a second International Letter of Request has been sent to the Portuguese authorities by the Crown Prosecution Services this week in connection with Operation Grange," Scotland Yard told ABC News in a statement.

The interest in these men comes from the increase in telephone calls during the time that Madeleine went missing and the burglaries that peaked in April 2007 with the burglars gaining access through a window. Scotland Yard knows that two of the burglaries took place in the same apartment block where the McCann family were staying.

A spokesman for Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry told the Daily Mirror, "It means they have the intention of arresting and interviewing X, Y or Z. We don't know who they have their sights on but it's likely the burglars.

According to the Daily Mirror, Portuguese police do not believe the burglaries have any connection to Madeleine's disappearance and whether they allow the request is unknown at this time.