A man arrested for installing a GPS tracker in a Lorca resident’s car to spy on him

Lorca Police Station – POLICÍA NACIONAL

The National Police has arrested a 35-year-old man in Toledo for allegedly having placed a GPS tracking device in the vehicle of a resident of Lorca (Murcia) with the intention of knowing all his movements without arousing suspicion, according to sources of the Corps in a statement.

Specifically, the arrestee is charged with the alleged offences of forgery, fraud, usurpation of civil status and money laundering.

The investigation began in September 2021, following a complaint filed by a citizen of Lorca (Murcia) in which he reported that he had located a GPS device attached to the chassis of his vehicle.

Following the investigation carried out by agents of the National Police belonging to the Judicial Police and Scientific Police Brigades, the identity of the alleged perpetrator, an individual already known to the police forces, was established.

The suspect was trying to find out the habits, routines and places of travel of his victim in order to carry out against him a patrimonial offence related to the bird hunting competitions. Both, victim and perpetrator, were related to this cultural recreational modality whose purpose is the capture and care of certain birds in the countryside, with the aim of training them to sing. These birds can have a high economic value.

In order to avoid suspicion, the arrested person even registered the SIM card with the GPS device in the name of a woman from Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cádiz), who was completely unaware of the facts.

The investigators found that the detainee, a Moroccan national, was involved in several large-scale fraud offences in various provinces of Spain. Apparently, he had a luxury home and several high-end vehicles without having any officially declared income or known profession.

Thus, members of the National Police in Zaragoza investigated this individual for several fraud offences. The alleged perpetrator had placed an antenna in his home with which he allegedly used to usurp data on the marital status of his neighbours in order to subsequently open loans in their names.

After numerous searches for the suspect, National Police officers located him in a village in Toledo, where he was arrested.

This investigation has been carried out by members of the National Police Station of Lorca, belonging to the Superior Headquarters of the National Police of the Region of Murcia.


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