19 people are arrested for luxury car thefts and highway assaults in Barcelona

19 people are arrested for luxury car thefts and highway assaults in Barcelona

 

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  • They integrated a network that was dedicated to steal vehicles without registering and assaulting tourists who stopped in rest areas of the AP-7 motorway.
  • The majority of those arrested are of Algerian nationality

 

Barcelona / Madrid. (EFE) .- The Mossos d’Esquadra and the Civil Guard have arrested 19 people in an operation that has allowed the dismantling of a network to which more than 150 robberies of high-end vehicles and assaults on tourists are attributed to highways of the arch. Mediterranean, on the stretch between Girona and Alicante.
As reported by the Catalan police and the armed institute, the detainees, all of Algerian nationality except one who is Spanish, were engaged in stealing high-end vehicles, still unregistered, stored in esplanades of the ports of Catalonia and the Valencia area and to assault tourists who stopped in rest areas of the AP-7 highway.
The police investigation has allowed to recover, among others, 42 stolen luxury vehicles, a 38-caliber revolver, a pistol, various ammunition, an electric pistol, 16,000 euros in cash, stolen credit cards, a hundred stolen mobile phones, computers laptops, jewelry, watches, knives and passports and stolen and falsified documents.
According to sources of the investigation, the Civil Guard and the Mossos, that have counted on the collaboration of the Moroccan gendarmerie and the French gendarmerie , initiated the investigation last November in Alicante as a result of an ocular inspection to one of the stolen vehicles, in whose interior they found a fingerprints that put them behind the track of one of the members of the network.
According to those responsible for the police operation, carried out in Barcelona, ​​Valencia and Jaén, the now dismantled network stole high-end vehicles in open spaces in Barcelona and the port of Barcelona, ​​in Cheste (Valencia), Ciempozuelos (Madrid) and Azuqueca de Henares (Guadalajara).
Subsequently, he moved them to garages where they placed license plates , also stolen, waiting to get from France plates and documentation apparently legal.
Once enrolled again with the plates arrived from France, the detainees moved the stolen cars by road to ports in the south of Spain, where they embarked them to Algeria to sell them.
At the same time, the group, which was very structured and operated in cells of between two and four troops, was also engaged in assaulting tourists who came from France and stopped in rest areas on the highway of the Mediterranean corridor, where they could commit up to ten robberies in a day.
After a previous inspection to verify that there were no police patrols, the detainees took advantage of an oversight of tourists and punctured a wheel of their vehicles, parked in service areas, so that when they resumed the march they warned of the mishap to stop .
Once the tourist stopped the vehicle to check the breakdown, the criminals took advantage of the stop to steal the belongings of their vehicle and rushed out in a hurry with their own car.
In their flight, they did not hesitate to go against the direction and make changes in prohibited areas , thereby endangering the safety of other drivers. On some occasions, they even cut the separation chains of the median of the highway to escape.
The detainees are accused of more than 150 crimes for conspiracy, theft of vehicles, forgery of documents, illegal possession of weapons, robberies and thefts.
After their arrest, the Mossos and the Civil Guard carried out searches in five homes in Barcelona, ​​three in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat and one in Vilassar de Mar (Barcelona), Castelldefels (Barcelona), Cornellà de Llobregat (Barcelona), Valencia and Linares (Jaén).