Po­lice have rob­bery gang net­works in their crosshairs

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More than 600 po­lice of­fi­cers and 37 ju­di­cial of­fi­cials are in­volved in a na­tion­wide op­er­a­tion to dis­band two ma­jor crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tions that have been linked to dozens of rob­bery gangs ac­tive across the coun­try, po­lice re­vealed yes­ter­day.

The two or­ga­ni­za­tions are be­lieved to be con­nected and headed by well-known fig­ures of the Roma com­mu­nity. Po­lice are fo­cus­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion on 10 key sus­pects.

The sus­pects are said to live in lux­u­ri­ous vil­las and drive ex­pen­sive cars while claim­ing to be un­em­ployed. Their base of op­er­a­tions is thought to be in Western At­tica, though they con­trol gangs that con­duct rob­beries and break-ins all over the coun­try.

Over 30 sus­pects had been ar­rested in to­tal by last night, as the op­er­a­tion con­tin­ues with raids on prop­er­ties and busi­nesses, which have al­ready turned up thou­sands of euros in cash, dozens of lux­ury cars, jew­elry and weapons.

An­dronikos Ko­rakas-Kon­tos is seen off the coast of Lesvos in this photo re­leased yes­ter­day. The teen set sail on Mon­day and is go­ing around the is­land to ‘send a mes­sage of sol­i­dar­ity that refugees are not our enemy. They are our fel­low hu­mans, run­ning from hunger and war, and they need... our sup­port.’

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