Pamplona (EFE).- The Civil Guard of Navarre has dismantled a criminal organization dedicated to theft inside trucks, taking advantage of their stops in service areas through the method called “loneros”. Eight people have been arrested in connection with the operation, two others are under investigation and another is wanted and captured.
All are accused of at least 25 thefts of goods inside heavy trucks, on their journey through the AP-7, AP-2, A-2 and A-68 highways in the provinces of Huesca, Zaragoza , La Rioja. , Barcelona and Navarre, taking advantage of its stops in the different service areas.
The operation was carried out by the organic unit of the Judicial Police of the Civil Guard of Navarre, agents of the Usecic of Barcelona and personnel of the Rapid Action Group (GAR) and the procedure was transmitted to the first Court of instruction of Estella. .
Vehicles and cannabis plants seized
As part of the “HORN165” operation, two entries and searches were carried out in homes and two warehouses in the municipalities of Badalona and Montcada i Reixac (Barcelona) in which 2 vehicles, 8 mountain bikes, 29 induction hobs, 236 shoes, 60 digital peepholes and a multitude of computer equipment, reports the Civil Guard in a press release.
In the warehouse of one of the houses, in addition, 245 plants of an indoor marijuana plantation were located, as well as the effects related to its cultivation and objects worth more than 70,000 euros were found. been recovered which have been made available to their rightful owners. The total value of the stolen objects and the damage caused amounts to nearly 500,000 euros.
The investigations began in November 2021 after the detection of several thefts inside trucks, with the same modus operandi. The agents detected a group of people residing in the province of Barcelona who were traveling in a van and a shuttle from the towns of Badalona, Ripollet and Montcada i Reixac, along the AP-7, AP-2, A -2 and A-68, in La Rioja.
Subsequently, they were able to determine that they were slitting the canvas to check the loading of the trucks parked in the service and rest areas and that they were stealing the goods which were of interest for later sale.
Each member of the group had specific surveillance tasks, selecting targets, locating trucks with goods that were to be stolen, driving shuttles, driving cargo vehicles (usually vans) and personnel to open the trailer and remove the goods.
They stored objects in Barcelona
Part of the stolen objects, as found, were transferred to the town of Montcada i Reixac (Barcelona), where the organization had several garages for storage and another was distributed among the members of the group so that everyone can sell it. , through Internet pages and regular recipients.
The detainees left from Badalona and Montcada i Reixac (Barcelona) along the A-2 and AP-2 highway in a car and a van and once they located the trucks parked in the service areas and rest, they split the canvases and sometimes they opened the trailers to check their load, after which they stole the goods and put them in the van.
Likewise, the agents discovered that this organization had committed a robbery with force in the rest area of Aldeanueva de Ebro (La Rioja). They searched the van and found the stolen goods inside, which is why the perpetrators were arrested.
They are seven men and three women aged between 30 and 60, residents of the towns of Badalona, Ripollet and Montcada i Reixac, who are accused of the crimes of theft with force, injury, minor fraud, reception, offense against public health (cultivation of toxic drugs) and offenses against industrial property.