Bur­glary gang caught

Five peo­ple ar­rested ac­cused of almost 60 crim­i­nal acts

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jo Pugh

GUARDIA have ar­rested seven peo­ple in Ali­cante and Va­len­cia, six men and one woman, all Spa­niards be­tween 28 and 59 years of age, for be­ing the al­leged of­fend­ers of 58 dif­fer­ent crimes.

The list of of­fences in­cludes bur­glary, drug traf­fick­ing, il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of weapons, squat­ting, and elec­tric­ity fraud. Five of the seven de­tainees have al­ready been im­pris­oned.

Two broth­ers from Orba, who both had nu­mer­ous crim­i­nal records, de­cided to join the gang at the end of 2017, where they be­gan a se­ries of rob­beries both there and in other nearby towns and vil­lages of the Ma­rina Alta. They tar­geted iso­lated homes. They planned their bur­glar­ies dur­ing the day, mon­i­tor­ing the houses, study­ing en­try points and which ob­jects could be stolen, so that, once night fell, they could com­mit their crimes.

Usu­ally, they com­mit­ted rob­beries in houses where they knew in ad­vance that there would be no­body at home, but one night, in the vil­lage of Sanet y Ne­grals, they were sur­prised by an owner. They vi­o­lently at­tacked her, break­ing her wrist in two places.

As their crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity in­creased, their need for some­one else to move on the stolen prop­erty grew, and two more broth­ers joined their gang. One of them, who lived in Benidoleig, pro­vided a ve­hi­cle for trans­porta­tion. The fourth brother, who was a res­i­dent of Va­len­cia, passed stolen jew­ellery on to buy­ers who asked no ques­tions re­gard­ing ori­gins.

Their crimes then also spread to drug traf­fick­ing, and a sup­plier from Jávea be­came their main source. As the rob­beries kept the gang oc­cu­pied, the man from Benidoleig, his wife and a friend be­came more in­volved in the sale of the drugs, es­pe­cially in his vil­lage and at a farm in the Vall de Laguar.

The ROCA team from Calpe, spe­cial­ists in thefts com­mit­ted in ru­ral ar­eas, in­ves­ti­gated the move­ments of the broth­ers for months, and even­tu­ally raided five of their homes. These were lo­cated in Orba, Benidoleig, the Vall de Laguar and Jávea, and also Ben­imámet and Ci­u­dad Fallera, sit­u­ated in Va­len­cia prov­ince. and an­other in the Vall de Laguar. The house in Ben­imámet's turned out to be a squat, where elec­tric­ity was be­ing stolen.

Dur­ing the searches a gun was found which could have been used in the crimes, as well as am­mu­ni­tion and sev­eral amounts of co­caine, hashish and heroin. There were also nu­mer­ous ob­jects re­lated to the bur­glar­ies, such as tele­vi­sions, tools, farm im­ple- ments, jew­ellery and watches. Five ve­hi­cles and sev­eral tele­phones be­long­ing to the de­tainees were seized.

Af­ter a court ap­pear­ance, the four broth­ers who car­ried out the drug traf­fick­ing and the sup­plier from Jávea were im­pris­oned. The other two de­tainees were re­leased on charges.

The op­er­a­tion al­lowed the re­turn of sev­eral of the stolen ob­jects to their le­git­i­mate own­ers, but many oth­ers are still on dis­play in the Guardia Civil in El Verger wait­ing to be iden­ti­fied by their own­ers. The Guardia Civil are ap­peal­ing to any­one who has not been re­united with their prop­erty to con­tact them, in case they are hold­ing it.

Crimes also spread to drug traf­fick­ing

Items re­cov­ered by the Guardia Civil

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