The Civil Guard clarifies about 80 thefts of trucks and industrial estates in Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha and Valencia

There are seven people arrested and another three investigated for stealing the merchandise of 13 trucks and 21 companies

They established up to three security steps in their actions so as not to be detected

They laundered illicit profits of more than five million euros with the sale of vehicles

The Civil Guard, within the framework of the Oro Nórdico operation, has acted against an organization dedicated to the theft of trucks and industrial warehouses in Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha and Valencia.

Seven people have been arrested in the operation and another three are being investigated. All of them are considered responsible for the theft of at least 13 goods transport vehicles and their cargo, as well as 21 companies, with almost 80 crimes charged in total.
The organization laundered the money obtained from the sale of stolen merchandise with the sale of second-hand vehicles, having accredited in the investigation the sale between individuals of 342 vehicles, for which they would have obtained € 5,390,000 of profits.
The investigation began last summer following the theft of a truck containing 20 tons of the material known as Nordic gold. It is a material made up of an alloy of copper, aluminum, zinc and tin – used to make the 50, 20 and 10 euro cent coins.
The first clues led the agents to an area on the outskirts of Madrid, where part of the merchandise was being cut and burned to disguise its original presentation -which was in the form of golden coils-, to later be sold in scrap yards by weight like brass.
At the same time, the investigators detected a considerable increase in thefts of trucks loaded with merchandise that responded to the same modus operandi, allowing to establish that they were committed by the same criminal organization.

Theft of truck cargo

The network was dedicated to touring the industrial estates located around the A2 (Madrid-Barcelona) and A4 (Madrid-Andalusia) highways, both in the Community of Madrid and in the provinces of Toledo and Guadalajara. Sometimes they also made trips to the Valencian Community.
There they located vehicles loaded with valuable goods and selected their targets. To do this, they stole a tractor unit in a different place and moved to the chosen trailer, pretending to carry out a hitching operation as if it were a transport professional. Once hooked up, they moved the stolen trailer to a cooling area, to leave it parked for a few hours. Meanwhile, they were looking for and disabling the GPS tracking devices that these types of vehicles usually carry.
When the truck was clean and they made sure that there was no type of surveillance on it, they transferred it to the outskirts of Madrid to sell the illegally obtained merchandise, later abandoning the truck in a nearby polygon.
The stolen merchandise was varied, from food products such as cheese or chocolate bars, to clothing, appliances or technology. The economic valuation of each booty was around 100,000 euros in most cases.

Theft in warehouses of industrial estates

On other occasions, when they could not carry out the theft of a truck, either because they could not locate the ideal load or when they were discovered by the truckers themselves or by the security forces, they focused their activity on the theft of companies located in industrial estates .
To do this, after studying the security of the polygon where the selected ship was located and establishing the security perimeter, they accessed it, by the butron method or by forcing the door, provided with inhibitors to disable the alarms.
It was even detected how, after entering the ship and assessing the succulent of the merchandise, a member of the network remained hidden inside, attentive to the possible response that the surveillance services could give, while another part of the group stole a truck with which they returned to the ship to load the merchandise.
The organization had the tasks of its members perfectly defined according to the abilities of each one. A group was in charge of establishing up to three security circles aimed at detecting the police presence while committing criminal acts. A second group were those who traveled in a stolen vehicle – whose license plates had been changed a dozen times – and entered the ships bypassing the security systems to facilitate the subsequent theft.
In order to maximize profits, they threatened and extorted the truckers they had just robbed, demanding a ransom in exchange for returning the truck. They did so when they had already “placed” the merchandise they were transporting, ordering him not to report the incident and guaranteeing him in return that he would never again be a victim of theft by this organization.
The investigation has been carried out by the Automobile Organized Crime Section of the Central Operational Unit (UCO) of the Civil Guard.

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