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article imageThieves overwhelm soldiers and steal their weapons and helmets

By Igor I. Solar     May 16, 2014 in Crime
Santiago - Six criminals attacked yesterday a warehouse holding building materials and other donations for the victims of the fire that razed large areas of the port of Valparaiso on April 12. The thieves stole the weapons of the soldiers securing the facility.
Four Army conscripts guarding the premises were defeated by six thugs carrying home-made weapons and wearing ski masks. According to La Tercera (in Spanish), the soldiers were beaten, bound with ropes, and suffered minor injuries. The criminals escaped with the conscripts’ armament, combat rifles SIG, caliber 7.62, their helmets, and a communications device, reports Publimetro (Spanish).
The attack occurred early yesterday, hours after President Michelle Bachelet lifted the state of exception that was established in the city because of the fire that affected several sectors of Valparaiso leaving 15 dead and nearly 3,300 homes destroyed.
During the afternoon of Thursday, uniformed police personnel (Carabineros) and staff of Investigations Police (PDI) were able to locate and detain three of the criminals, and recover the stolen weapons and equipment, reports Emol (in Spanish). The investigation established that the band was led by a 17-year-old youngster who had previously been detained for attempted robbery to a bank; however, he was doing his military service at the Maipo Regiment of Valparaiso. It is suspected that the attackers intended to use the high-firepower military rifles in attacks on banking institutions.
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