The Guardia Civil, in the framework of the operation ‘Salado’, has dismantled a very active and dangerous criminal group dedicated to the theft in homes, establishments and industrial warehouses in the regions of Campo de Cartagena and Vega Baja. During the months of March and April this year, the Guardia Civil detected an increase in the number of burglaries in the municipalities of Pilar de la Horadada and Torre Pacheco, in which the modus operandi was the same. The agents were faced with a large group made up of 10 men of Moroccan nationality aged between 18 and 25 and a 19 year old Spanish woman.
A very active and dangerous criminal group
Once identified and accredited the participation of the gang in the robberies committed in various localities of the regions of Campo de Cartagena and Vega Baja, and taking into account the frenetic criminal activity that they carried out, the unease that they generated among the neighbours and the risk of escape of those investigated, on 29 June last, the Guardia Civil carried out an operation carrying out thirteen simultaneous searches in the municipality of Torre Pacheco, eleven of them in the district of Lo Ferro. Given the magnitude of the operation and the need to carry out the searches simultaneously, the investigators were joined by the Citizen Security Units of the Guardia Civil of Murcia and Alicante, the Cinological Service of Alicante and Murcia and the Citizen Security units of the Guardia Civil posts of the affected localities, as well as personnel from the Security Reserve Group No. 2 of Seville. In total, more than 100 members of the Guardia Civil took part in the operation. As a result of the searches carried out and the investigations carried out by the agents, the Guardia Civil arrested eleven members of this criminal organisation.
Elusive and dangerous criminals
Two of the members of the criminal group now dismantled, who despite their youth already have a long criminal record behind them, during the early hours of the morning when the operation was carried out, just at the moment when the simultaneous house raids were carried out in Lo Ferro, jumped out of the windows of the houses they had occupied and hid in the home of a family residing in the adjoining property. The Guardia Civil continues with the investigations, as it is not ruled out that the number of people affected may increase. To date, 54 crimes of robbery with force have been attributed to them, 3 crimes of theft of vehicles subsequently used in the commission of other crimes, 6 crimes of usurpation of civil status, 1 crime against public health for drug trafficking, as well as the crime of belonging to a criminal group.