I always like to read reports of criminal gangs being caught by the police. It is comforting to know that, even if it takes time, justice prevails in the end.
Today I read a report which said that the Guardia Civil have apprehended an organized criminal gang operating in the Vega Baja and Murcia. The gang of three Algerians are guilty of robbing petrol stations, bars, town houses, rural houses , pedestrians in the street and vehicles.
Investigations began in November 2010, when the police first detected crimes that could be attributed to this gang. They started with robberies at petrol stations in, San Bartolomé, Albatera, San Miguel de Salinas and Los Calzones Abanilla (Murcia).
Police knew the robberies were related because in each case the gang used weapons and covered their faces with ski masks. They also connected these incidents with robberies of two women in Rojales and San Isidro, plus another attempted robbery at a bar in Formentera del Segura
The Civil Guard also believes the gang to be responsible for a dozen other robberies in homes and local hostelries in Jacarilla, San Miguel de Salinas, Bigastro and Crevillent and the theft of ten vehicles in other towns.
As part of investigation officers have detained four others (three Spanish nationals and one Colombian) whom they allege were guilty of receiving goods from the criminal group. They found found several televisions, audio-visual equipment, mobile telephones and decorative items believed to have come from the thefts.