SPANISH NEWS: Police intercept massive haul of stolen watches and jewellery about to be sent overseas

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CONCEALED: Items were bundled up into packages wrapped with huge amounts of tape or were hidden among clothing and footwear. CREDIT: Policia Nacional

POLICE intercepted a massive haul of stolen luxury watches and jewellery about to be sent out of Spain.

An investigation into a criminal organisation dedicated to house break-ins carried out by gangs roaming the country led to the seizure of 2,500 packages in all and the recovery of 80 high-end watches, numerous pieces of jewellery and more than 25 electronic devices.

The items were bundled up into packages wrapped with huge amounts of tape or were hidden among clothing and footwear.

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The operation involved raids on five homes and a messenger service business in Barcelona, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Manresa and Cordoba and resulted in nine arrests, all Armenians and Georgians.

Police said the thieves used the company to get stolen items back to their countries of origin to avoid the booty being traced and to be able to sell it. They also said they believed some of the gang members have links to the Georgian mafia.

Police have connected the criminal organisation to 10 robberies, mainly from private homes in various parts of Spain.


They also reported the investigation remains open.

Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.

Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.

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