A ROBBERY from a Barcelona jewellery shop last year when one of the thieves pretended to be wheelchair-bound to get their hands on items worth €1.3 million was the key piece in the puzzle leading to the arrest of 10 members of a criminal gang.
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Geplaatst door Mossos d'Esquadra. Generalitat de Catalunya op Woensdag 4 december 2019
Catalan police said the investigation into the hit led to the dismantling of an organisation dedicated not only to robberies, but also to money laundering and drug trafficking.
Security camera footage of the Barcelona theft showed two men passing themselves off as customers, one of whom was feigning a disability. They made the shop staff believe they were interested in buying a luxury watch, but then the guy in the wheelchair pulled out a gun and got to his feet.
The thieves emptied the contents of strong boxes and grabbed watches and jewellery, leaving the staff with then hands and feet tied before making off on the back of two motorbikes driven by accomplices.
After several months of investigations the police identified a 39-year old Argentinian who had one of the stolen watches on him. He turned out to be the gang member responsible for selling the items after the robberies from his jeweller’s in Buenos Aires.
Investigators managed to link the Argentinian to a member of the ‘Dogo’ gang, which had specialised in jewellery thefts. It was broken up in 2012, but had reformed and taken on new members.
Police said the 10 individuals arrested are aged between 23 and 50 and come from Uruguay and Morocco as well as Spain and Argentina.