A GANG thought to be responsible for 45 break-ins and burglaries from Spanish service areas, petrol stations, hotels and industrial units has been broken up in Cordoba.
Guardia Civil, as part of Operation Crassus detained six people from the same family clan in an investigation that started in May.
The police force had noticed a rise in the number of break-ins at businesses in the province. The criminals usually broke windows to enter and usually stole money and tobacco. They then sprayed the premises with fire extinguishers in order to try to hide evidence.
Investigators suspected the same group was involved in a string of crimes across Spain due to the similarities of the cases.
They found that once the criminals had committed the robberies, they then used stolen vehicles to make their getaway with their loot.
Likewise, the Guardia Civil also found that the gang members were highly mobile, not just when committing crimes but also in regularly moving from province to province to live.
This made it difficult for Guardia Civil, but after several months of investigations they identified the six detained people as their main suspects.
Investigators say they all belonged to the same extended family, and each of them had a perfectly defined role in the organisation.
The alleged delinquents lived in different provinces at the time of their arrests – two in Badajoz, another in the province of Zaragoza and the other three in Lucena.
Police have attributed 45 crimes against property in the provinces of Cordoba, Malaga, Seville, Jaen and Badajoz to the group.