Agents from the Calp Civil Guard ROCA Team arrested a couple, aged 28 and 27, and residents of Riba-roja de Túria for stealing more than 62,000 meters of electrical cables for public lighting from various municipalities in Marina Alta and Camp de Túria. Valencia. A scrapyard worker in Valencia has also been investigated for facilitating the sale of copper stolen by the couple.
The Civil Guard charges them with 19 counts of theft and robbery, 4 crimes of marital status extortion and 1 offense against road safety. The Security Court ordered that the arrested woman be sentenced to four search warrants and imprisonment. Investigations began in October 2021 following the clarification of complaints from various municipalities and robberies in Xàbia, Teulada-Moraira, Dénia, Benissa and Casinos (Valencia).
The initiation of investigations allowed the agents to identify the “modus operandi” used, which turned out to be the same in all robberies, leading to the suspicion that it was committed by the same group of people. Using a crowbar or similar tool, they forced the lighting sewer boxes into the next section and removed the power cord running underground between each utility pole.
The agents examined patterns of when and where robberies were most frequently committed, allowing them to identify the vehicles used to carry out the robberies. One of them belonged to one of the criminals, and depending on the amount and size of the material to be stolen, they sometimes also used several large-capacity pickup trucks that they rented.
The couple under investigation was known for their extensive criminal history, and it was found that the woman did not hesitate to usurp another person’s identity to hinder investigations and prevent possible arrest for further pending cases. TRUE.
Agents learned that there was a third member of the gang, a 42-year-old man of Ukrainian nationality, a worker at a junkyard in Valencia. His task was to facilitate the sale of stolen material so as not to arouse suspicion.
The Civil Guard conducted an inspection of this third member’s business and seized 200 kilos of copper cable stolen from an urbanization in the town of Casinos (Valencia).
On June 9, the pair of thieves were arrested on a street in Riba-roja de Túria, and the employee as an investigator was testified that he had received the stolen material.
In addition to the material seized in the junkyard inspection, the Civil Guard managed to recover more than 3,000 meters of electrical cables, as well as more than 1,500 kilograms of electricity, stolen from an urbanization in Xàbia and the Les Rotes de Dénia promenade. Material stolen from a construction site on one of the roads to Benissa.