During the investigation, the agents investigated other similar robberies in several Madrid municipalities and found that, in all, the police had been used. careless technique. After numerous efforts, the agents located in a warehouse in Illescas (Toledo) one of the stolen vehicles, a place where they could be moving the stolen vehicles to modify the identification elements and falsify the documentation.
Careless theft and twin method for subsequent sale
The investigations determined that the organization transferred the stolen vehicles to a ship in Arganda del Rey (Madrid), to modify the identifying elements of the car through the so-called method twin. That is, they placed on stolen cars the chassis number of an exactly the same damaged vehicle that they had previously acquired in a scrapyard. One time makeup the vehicle, other members of the organization were in charge of making the sales.
The cars, once modified, were sold in two channels:
- In some cases they used purchase and sale of vehicles in Asturias and Madrid
- Another part of the organization was dedicated to announcing the sale of the cars on internet portals, using false data and front men for the income of the sales money
Likewise, the agents have been able to verify how the organization orchestrated scams to insurers denouncing the theft of vehicles that they later introduced in their modification and sale circuit.
28 people arrested
To carry out the illicit activity, the organization had the latest technological means and people with extensive knowledge and experience in the automotive world.
Once all the members of the criminal organization had been identified and the places they used to falsify and hide the stolen vehicles 28 people have been arrested, as well as the entry and search of 10 homes and a garage in the provinces of Madrid, Toledo and Gijón. They have also carried out five inspections in warehouses, warehouses and dealerships where they manipulated, concealed and sold the vehicles.
The detainees are charged with alleged crimes of belonging to a criminal organization, theft of vehicles, reception, fraud, document falsification, false report and a crime against public health for drug trafficking.