Gang got rich on dump­sters

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Most peo­ple would not think there could be much money in steal­ing road­side dump­sters but, like most things, if you steal enough of them, they can turn out to be prof­itable loot, as a gang op­er­at­ing west of Athens dis­cov­ered un­til the po­lice caught up with them on Satur­day.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cers, the gang stole some 100 dump­sters over the past few months, earn­ing them about 120,000 eu­ros. Po­lice said they ar­rested two mem­bers of the gang, who are Greeks aged 43 and 27. Law en­force­ment is look­ing for three more sus­pected ac­com­plices.

The two men were ar­rested on a plot of land where they had al­legedly stored two dump­sters stolen from Aspropy­r­gos, west of Athens, and Votanikos, near the city cen­ter. There have been ar­rests in the past of peo­ple steal­ing iron grates from drains, which like the dump­sters, were sold as scrap metal, but this is the first time thieves have been caught steal­ing dump­sters in large quan­ti­ties.

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