Gang of robbers dismantled in Madrid and Catalonia

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One of the alleged members of the gang.

OFFICERS of the Guardia Civil working with the Mossos d’Esquadra, in Catalonia have broken up a gang which specialised in breaking in to food companies and mechanical workshops across Spain.

This particular investigation began in July of this year, following a robbery in Gava near Barcelona and following forensic investigation, officers were able to establish that the robbery was the work of a gang consisting of individuals from Albania, Brazil, Kosovo, Serbia and Spain.

It emerged that the group followed a simple ‘modus operandi’ whereby they overrode any alarms and then broke open safes with mallets and axes and in the event that any security staff were present or arrived on the scene, they had no hesitation in attacking them.

So active was this group, it is believed that on some nights they undertook no less three separate burglaries and regularly disguised their vehicles by changing number plates and having them re-sprayed in a garage in Madrid.

Finally, the two groups of police divisions arrested 15 people, 12 in Madrid and three in different towns in Catalonia and it is believed that the organisation was responsible for at least 26 break-ins, some of which included violence, in Andalucia, Catalonia, Madrid and Valencia.

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