The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia has carried out an investigation in the region of Campo de Cartagena to clarify a series of robberies with force on telecommunications installations, which has resulted in the identification, location and arrest of two young men as alleged perpetrators of the crimes of robbery with force, theft and destruction.
Following the operation, which is part of the ‘Plan against copper theft’, the ROCA Team (against theft in the countryside) of the Benemérita has recovered more than one hundred kilograms of stolen telephone wiring and has clarified, so far, a dozen crimes committed in Cartagena, El Albujón and Torre Pacheco, according to sources from the Benemérita in a statement.
The actions began last November, when the Guardia Civil detected the theft of telephone copper wiring in several towns in the region of Campo de Cartagena, a criminal act that generated considerable losses to the affected companies and damage to facilities and services of general interest.
The first steps of the investigation, carried out by the civil guards in the places where the copper thefts took place, allowed them to gather sufficient evidence to establish a line of action that would lead the agents to the perpetrators of the thefts.
The investigation revealed that the alleged perpetrators of the reported crimes were two young brothers from Cartagena.
In addition to the main line of investigation, the Guardia Civil carried out a series of parallel inspections in metal waste management centres, with the aim of finding out if the stolen copper had been sold in any of these centres.
These enquiries made it possible to verify that the perpetrators of the thefts sold the stolen goods in recycling centres or scrap yards, although they had previously partially burnt the stolen material, apparently to make it difficult to identify the cables and, thus, to link them to the thefts.
More than half a tonne of copper cable stolen
As a result of the investigation, it has been determined that the suspects had sold more than 500 kilograms of copper telephone cable in just one month. Furthermore, the dates on which the stolen material was sold in the scrap shops coincided with each of the criminal acts that were taking place.
Once all the necessary evidence had been obtained, the Guardia Civil set up a search operation for the two suspects, which recently culminated in their location and arrest as the alleged perpetrators of the crimes of theft, robbery and robbery with force.
During the investigation, the Civil Guards recovered more than one hundred kilograms of copper telephone cable, recognised as part of the material stolen by specialised technicians.
The exhaustive analysis of the information obtained during the investigation has so far led to the clarification of a dozen crimes committed in Cartagena, El Albujón-Cartagena and Torre Pacheco, although it is not ruled out that those arrested are behind the perpetration of more crimes.
The detainees, the effects recovered and the proceedings have been handed over to the Magistrate’s Court in Cartagena (Murcia).