After a thorough and dedicated investigation, the Guardia Civil recovered an SUV stolen in Baza. The vehicle had been repainted in another colour, with modifications installed, re-registered and with a modified VIN to evade its origin and pass it off as another one that had been rendered unserviceable due to an accident. The Guardia Civil arrested and investigated two brothers for crimes of vehicle theft and falsification of public documents as the perpetrators.
This investigation began in August 2022, when the owner of the off-road vehicle, a resident of Baza, reported the theft of his vehicle to the Guardia Civil.
The first enquiries collected by the Guardia Civil, locate the vehicle in the town of Olula del Río, being in the month of November when the personnel in charge of the investigation, together with agents of the Command of Granada, again locate the vehicle in the province of Almería, and identify a resident of Albox in possession of this and another, with the same characteristics, which has suffered an accident and has been rendered useless.
He subsequently initiated the process of re-registering the vehicle and transferring ownership to his brother. In the same way, the Guardia Civil staff verified, through the latest technical reports (ITV), that the damaged vehicle had a mileage reading much higher than the current one, which in this case is similar to the reading of the reports of the stolen SUV.
With the support of the Traffic Investigation and Analysis Group of the Almeria Civil Guard Command, a thorough examination of the vehicle was carried out, where it was determined that it had been repainted and its colour changed, that the chassis number had been modified, the number plates replaced and that the serial number of the engine corresponded to that of the vehicle stolen in Baza.
In addition to the investigations carried out by the Guardia Civil, the owner of the stolen off-road vehicle gave a series of damages and details of the vehicle, which coincide exactly with those which are now found in the possession of the detainees.
The proceedings, together with the detainee and the person under investigation, are placed at the disposal of the Juzgado de Instrucción de Huércal Overa.