Spain’s national police have arrested 42 jewellery thieves, with the help of Romania’s Police, Interpol and Eurojust. Of the 42 arrests, 38 were arrested in Spain, 3 in Romania and one in Portugal. Nine of the accused have already been imprisoned, and three are said to be minors. The family of thieves are being charged with 100-plus crimes in the Malaga province alone, with damages exceeding one million euros.
According to the police, the clan generally targeted old or vulnerable people across the country to steal jewellery, watches and valuable personal items, often employing violence to rob their victims. The money obtained from the crimes was then laundered in their home country of Romania.
In raids carried out by police both in Spain and Romania, they recovered 66 luxury watches, 264 pieces of jewellery, 92 mobiles, 5 fire arms, 10 luxury cars and approximately 41,000 euros in cash. In addition, the police have embargoed 335 luxury cars in Spain and 20 in Romania, 7 laptops, 10 mansions and numerous bank accounts.