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article imagePolish car theft ring caught in Madrid, Spain

By Anne Sewell     Jul 28, 2013 in Crime
Madrid - Spanish police have broken up an organized group of car thieves, responsible for 74 thefts in the Community of Madrid. In total, 18 people have been arrested and 20 stolen vehicles recovered, some already broken down into parts.
The group of thieves lived in Spain under false identities and one man was found to be a member of organized crime in Poland, according to the police in that country.
The collaboration of the Spanish National Police agents with the Central Bureau of Research of Poland was key to the investigation.
Of the 20 recovered vehicles, some were still in one piece, but others had already been broken up into parts. The thieves concentrated on mainly two models of one brand of vehicles, with diesel engines. The vehicles and parts were transported in trucks to Poland where they were put up for sale.
According to officials the organization was headed by Polish citizens and was well structured, with specific tasks for each of its members. These tasks ranged from vehicle theft to the alteration of identifying items such as serial numbers and the dismantling of the vehicles into parts for transport and selling.
The mid-range model vehicles chosen by them are currently the most popular in Poland, making sale of the stolen cars easier.
The cars were stolen in the Community of Madrid and in the province of Guadalajara.
The joint investigation led researchers to identify all members of the organization. This ended with the arrest of 18 people in the cities of Madrid, Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid) and Seseña (Toledo).
One detainee was a Polish national, in Spain under forged documents, and has proved to be an important member of organized crime in that country. He has been claimed by the police authorities in Poland and extradition arranged.
After 10 house searches, 20 stolen vehicles, some broken down into parts, as well as 20,000 euros in cash, equipment used to commit theft, forged documents, invoices, blank vehicle Inspection documents and very advanced hardware and software for handling the electronics of the cars were recovered.
Spanish National Police broke up a ring of Polish car thieves.
Spanish National Police broke up a ring of Polish car thieves.
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