SEVEN people have been arrested for allegedly belonging to an organized gang involved in burglaries over the past few months in and around Denia. The targets of the break-ins were always independent chalets. In addition to the arrests the agents searched three homes where the suspects were residing and found three handguns, including a Russian-made pistol and a fake gun, according to a statement from the National Police.
The detainees are five Spanish, one Russian and a Moroccan and so far the police are connecting them with 12 break-ins committed in various properties located in Denia, Pedreguer and El Vergel.
The investigation into the crimes and the possible connection between them, began last March, when there were several reports of burglaries in Denia.
Police found that the burglaries all had the same “modus operandi” as all the crimes were carried out in the afternoon or evening, when residents were absent from their homes.
The gang stole a wide array of items including televisions, tools and even farm machinery, as well as fuel tankers.
The burglaries were directed by one member of the gang, who chose the properties in advance having kept watch beforehand. It also seems that many of the thefts were carried out “to order” with a view of stealing specific items.
Police have not ruled out further arrests as their investigations continue.
By Paul Deed