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The Civil Guard dismantles a criminal group related to some thirty bicycle thefts (12/11/2020)

| In collaboration with the San Javier Local Police | Eight people have been arrested for the alleged responsibility of the crimes of theft (20), robbery with force (10) and disobedience to agents of the authority They accessed the homes by climbing to seize the bicycles and sold them through Social Networks and online sales platforms Eight bicycles have been recovered The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia, in collaboration with the Local Police of San Javier, has developed since last June the 'Bikeo' operation, an investigation aimed at clarifying numerous bicycle thefts, committed in homes in the municipality of San Javier, which has culminated in the dismantling of a criminal group, whose eight members have been arrested as alleged perpetrators of the crimes of theft (20), robbery with force (10) and disobedience to agents of the authority. The investigation began last June, when the Civil Guard became aware of the criminal action of a group of young people who, through escalation, accessed courtyards and housing areas to seize bicycles in the municipality of San Javier. The manifest continuity of these criminals had generated social alarm, mainly among those who use bicycles as a regular means of transport to move around the municipality. The Civil Guard, in collaboration with the San Javier Local Police, established a series of coordinated surveillance devices to prevent future robberies and identify the people who were behind these crimes. Simultaneously, the Civil Guard investigated online pages of second-rate products, where they found indications of the sale of several of the bicycles denounced, which allowed them to find out the identity of some of the people possibly related to their abduction. In this way, the investigators were tightening the fence on a group of young people, residents of the municipality, allegedly organized and dedicated to the systematic theft of bicycles in San Javier. According to the investigation, after scaling the perimeter walls of the houses and 'getting' bicycles, they offered them on second-hand product sales websites or through Social Networks. The continuous surveillance work carried out by agents of the Benemérita and the San Javier Local Police were bearing fruit with the staggered arrest of the eight members of the criminal group.

Two of them, the main leaders, are also attributed the alleged responsibility of the crime of disobedience to an agent of the authority by refusing to collaborate when they were required to do so. After several months of investigation, the 'Bikeo' operation has culminated in the location and arrest of eight men, of Moroccan nationality and aged between 19 and 48 years, as alleged perpetrators of the crimes of theft, robbery with force and disobedience agents of the authority and with the clarification of 32 crimes of theft and robbery with force in homes in San Javier (Murcia). La Benemérita has recovered eight bicycles, some of them of great economic value, which have been returned to their rightful owners. The Civil Guard recommends taking extreme precautions when buying products through the network and be suspicious when their prices are well below those of the market, since they may be stolen objects or illegal origin.

Your purchase may lead us to legal responsibilities by incurring a reception offense. Making sure of the origin of the product and identifying the seller will allow the buyer to make future claims. The detainees, the effects recovered and the proceedings carried out have been made available to the Investigating Court of San Javier (Murcia).

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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