Officers from the National Police in Alicante have arrested a total of eleven people as alleged members of an organized group dedicated to committing burglaries in homes and commercial establishments across Alicante, Valencia, Granada and Murcia.
The investigation has been running for the last six months lead by the UDEV Specialist Crime Group of the Judicial Police of Alicante, which has resulted in the arrest of seven men and four women, three of them said to be of Argentinean origin, and between the ages of 24 and 62 years.
In November 2012, officers identified similarities in several robberies committed in homes and businesses in different towns of Alicante. It was quickly established that the offences were being committed by a single group, each member having a specific role, thus prompting a two-stage operation to apprehend the gang.
A surveillance operation was carried out in Muchamiel and El Campello early this month which resulted in the arrest of four men and four women. Property searches were carried out and officers found a double-barrelled shotgun without a serial number, a box for an automatic pistol with ammunition inside, nine millimetre cartridges, a laser pointer and a blue flashing light.
They also seized a sign displaying the criteria of the National Police, a “walkie talkie” type radio, precision scales, various electronic devices, a “large” amount of stolen jewels, 1,032 grams of marijuana and 30 grams of hashish.
Following that previous activity, three men have now also been were arrested in Santa Pola, where two further property searches were carried out in houses in the town and again in Muchamiel, in which officers found two shotguns, a rifle, ammunition of various calibres and documentation allegedly relating to crimes being investigated.
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