The Civil Guard dismantles a criminal organization specialized in the theft and dismantling of vehicles

The group had warehouses and scrap yards in Parla, Fuenlabrada, Alcobendas, Humanes and Torrejón de Ardoz, places where stolen cars were transferred to be broken up

7 people have been arrested and 64 vehicles and parts of another 209 vehicles have been recovered which, together with the electronic means intervened to commit the crimes, exceed 2,300,000 euros

The Civil Guard, within the framework of the “Gran Manzanal” operation, has dismantled a criminal organization specialized in the theft of vehicles and their subsequent dismantling, which operated nationwide.

Seven men, of Spanish, Maghreb, Romanian and Paraguayan origin have been arrested for the alleged crimes of belonging to a criminal organization, continued theft of vehicles, occupation of real estate, fraud of electricity, reception and serious disobedience to an agent of the authority. The leader of the network is a Spanish businessman who ran legal businesses that had nothing to do with the automotive world.

The investigation has been developed in two phases, the first beginning last March, when the Madrid Traffic Sector Research and Analysis Group detected that there was a significant increase in the shipping of parts and essential elements of suspicious vehicles, despite The alarm state has been declared.

The analysis of the documentation revealed that some of these shipments were carried out by people with a police record for illicit vehicle traffic, a fact that set off alarms that these people were once again engaging in illicit activity.

The shipments were carried out using authorizations as workers, which allowed them mobility throughout the national territory without restrictions in vans and trucks previously rented by the ringleaders and for those who used consignment notes and delivery notes falsified by "shell companies" that finally resulted be led by the leader of the organization.

The progress of the investigation allowed us to reach a warehouse located in the Madrid town of Fuenlabrada, where the agents found numerous high-end vehicles that were being exploded and that were listed as stolen.

As a result of the efforts carried out around this warehouse, four more were discovered in Parla, Alcobendas, Humanes and Torrejón de Ardoz, to where the organization moved the cars once they had "cooled" them in areas far from the place where they were used. they had stolen.

His area of ​​action regarding the theft of vehicles was the outskirts of Madrid, mainly in the south, having committed a large number of criminal acts in Alcorcón, Pinto, Móstoles, Valdemoro, Leganés and Getafe. The number of robberies carried out in the Toledo municipalities of Illescas and Seseña is also significant.

They committed the thefts taking advantage of the confinement established during the alarm state

The agents verified that the robberies were committed two or three times a week, mainly during daylight hours, using the total confinement of the population and the consequent delay in the knowledge of the thefts of the vehicles by the legitimate owners.

The second phase of the investigation focused on the analysis of the structure of the organization, which was pyramid-shaped by a Spanish businessman, a man of his total confidence and by different links that performed specific and differentiated functions within the criminal network.

The first criminal section was made up of members of Romanian origin, dedicated exclusively to the theft of vehicles that had previously been ordered by the organization's management. These people had specialized technical knowledge in precision mechanics, automotive electronics, automation control and locksmith systems necessary to successfully open and disable the most modern vehicle security systems. They also had the most innovative electronic devices on the black market to access, modify and alter the switchboards, carrying out completely clean and safe thefts without leaving a trace.

Once the vehicle had been stolen, it was this link who was in charge of parking it in population centers far from the place of the commission for one or two days, to avoid a possible police control.

After the appropriate time estimated by the organization's management had elapsed, another section was in charge of transferring them with extreme security measures into the logistics structure of the warehouses and farms that they had carefully chosen.

Already inside the different warehouses, another link was in charge of the cutting, packing and packaging of effects parts, so that once the alarm status was over, receivers would be released on the black market.

The entire network was led by a Spanish businessman who was assisted by another man of his total confidence. The other members of the organization were framed in subordinate links, who acted with total loyalty to the leader.

Given the great criminal activity and roaming of the group, last October five searches were carried out in the different warehouses, as well as four inspections in other farms and workshops that the organization used. 64 stolen vehicles and thousands of parts from another 209 cars that have been found to have been tampered with have been recovered, such as the erasure or partial or total alteration of traceability elements, and which were ready to be released on the black market. The economic value of the recovered effects exceeds 2,300,000 euros.

The operation has been carried out by agents of the Madrid Traffic Sector Research and Analysis Group.

For more information, you can contact the Press Office of the Madrid Civil Guard Command at 696.909.741.

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