A band specialized in stealing high-end cars in Madrid and Castilla-La-Mancha falls

The eight detainees committed a total of 22 crimes. In one night they were able to steal seven vehicles

When they were discovered in fraganti in one of their robberies by the Civil Guard, they fled running over an agent

The band was financed with the sale of marijuana, with which they would have achieved more than 800,000 euros

Within the framework of the Chicho operation, the Civil Guard has dismantled a band specialized in the theft of high-end vehicles that operated in the provinces of Madrid, Ciudad Real, Cuenca and Toledo. There are eight people arrested for these events – six men and two women – who are charged with a total of 22 crimes such as belonging to a criminal organization, theft of things, fraud or forgery of a public document.

They are also considered authors of the crime of attack against the authority and its agents, for trying to run over a civil guard who discovered them in fraganti committing a robbery at a gas station in Olías del Rey (Toledo). Precisely at this service station, they came to act with their faces covered up to three different occasions on the same day.

In the nine registries practiced, the Civil Guard has found four indoor plantations with 350 marijuana plants and 10 kilos of buds. The band was financed with the sale of this drug, with which they could have earned more than 800,000 euros.

Leading technical means

The disjointed band used very advanced technical means to execute vehicle thefts, instruments such as start-up control units or frequency inhibitors.

Next, they carried out a study of the places where these vehicles were located – both parked on public roads and in community garages -, as happened in the towns of Las Rozas, Majadahonda or Boadilla del Monte (Madrid), where in one night they were able to subtract seven vehicles.

Once stolen, they were hidden in garages where they lived or in a warehouse located in an industrial estate of Illescas (Toledo), where they also made the falsifications of the license plates, folding them with others of vehicles of similar characteristics.

Once the changes were made to the vehicles, the detainees used them in their daily lives, committed other criminal acts with them, or scrapped them to sell them for parts.

In the records carried out in the provinces of Toledo and Madrid, the Civil Guard has been able to recover two cars and two motorcycles that the band had stolen. They have also seized several starter switchboards of high-end vehicles, material with which they falsified the license plates and numerous mobile phones.

The investigation is carried out by the Heritage Group of the Organic Unit of the Judicial Police of the Civil Guard of Toledo.


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