The Guardia Civil has arrested two people responsible for committing at least 23 thefts of phytosanitary products, tools and material for the construction of greenhouses in the provinces of Almeria, Granada, Malaga and Alicante. The Guardia Civil has recovered a large quantity of the stolen goods, as well as two vans and a lorry with which they committed the crimes and which had also been stolen.
Operation FITOBESAY began at the end of last year 2021 when the Guardia Civil became aware of several robberies with force in establishments and businesses linked to the agricultural sector in the province of Almería.
The agents in charge of the investigation found that those responsible for the robberies not only acted in the province of Almeria, but also used two vans and a stolen lorry to commit the assaults and transport the material.
In addition to the province of Almeria, they also operated in Granada, Malaga and Alicante, where they committed at least 23 robberies with a value of more than 250,000 euros in greenhouse construction material, phytosanitary products and tools. The perpetrators even stole fuel from the vehicles they used to commit the crimes and for their personal use. In some of the robberies, the perpetrators crawled across the floor of the establishments to avoid the surveillance sensors and set off the alarms.
During the course of this operation, the Guardia Civil carried out five searches in the municipalities of Roquetas de Mar and El Ejido (Almería), where they arrested the two alleged perpetrators. The Guardia Civil managed to recover the vehicles used and stolen to commit the crimes, in addition to recovering 450 litres of fuel, 65 tools, some of them valued at over 1,000 euros and fifty phytosanitary products, most of which were returned to their legitimate owners.
The operation has been carried out by the Judicial Police Unit of the Guardia Civil, Rural Robbery Teams (ROCA), Cinological Service and Citizen Security of the Command of Almeria. The investigation is still open and further arrests, the recovery of other stolen objects and the clarification of other crimes by this organisation are not ruled out. The proceedings, together with the detainees, are at the disposal of the Court of Instruction No. 6 of Almeria.