Probe turns to jew­el­ers

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Po­lice in At­tica are in­ves­ti­gat­ing sus­pected ties be­tween mem­bers of two linked crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tions that con­ducted dozens of bur­glar­ies at lux­ury homes and jew­elry shops, with stores spe­cial­iz­ing in the eval­u­a­tion of pre­cious stones in cen­tral Athens, as well as pawn­bro­kers across the coun­try. Over 30 sus­pects ar­rested last week in the crack­down on the two gangs were ex­pected to face pros­e­cu­tors to­day and to­mor­row. The crim­i­nal ring is be­lieved to be led by lead­ing fig­ures of the Roma com­mu­nity. The sus­pects, who lived in lux­ury vil­las in West­ern At­tica and Thes­sa­loniki and drove ex­pen­sive cars, would al­legedly con­tact po­lice dur­ing the rob­beries to re­port bo­gus in­ci­dents and di­vert at­ten­tion.

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