Police arrest petrol station robbers
20 December 2004, BARCELONA – Police have arrested a gang who held-up 19 petrol stations at gunpoint across Catalonia, in north-east Spain.
20 December 2004
BARCELONA – Police have arrested a gang who held-up 19 petrol stations at gunpoint across Catalonia, in north-east Spain.
All the petrol stations belonged to the same company, for whom one of the gang worked.
The Mossos d'Esquadra, the regional police in Catalonia, released the names of the suspects, who were all from the area.
They stole EUR 145,000 and attacked petrol station workers and drivers who tried to fight back.
They were all partially identified as Fernando H.J., 26, from Tarrasa; Antonio J.S., 32 from Badia del Vallés; Carmen N.M., 38, from Mataró; and Natalia J.S., 29, from Sabadell.
They staged hold-ups at petrol stations in Arenys de Mar, Granollers, Badalona, Canet de Mar, Molins de Rei, la Roca del Vallés, Martorell, Santa Perpetua de Mogoda, Argentona, Sabadell and L'Hospitalet.
Carmen N.M worked for the petrol station company which the gang targeted. Her boyfriend, Antonio J.S, was also a member of the gang.
The police investigation started last year after police noticed a rise in hold-ups at petrol stations in the Barcelona area.
The gang used guns and sprays when they carried out the attacks.
Every hold-up was meticulously planned, police said, with gang members well-disguised.
They always chose petrol stations which allowed a quick getaway. They used stolen cars, whose plates had been changed just before the raids.
All the raids took place on Mondays, when the cash tills were refilled with cash by the company, leading the police to believe the raids were 'inside jobs'.
In raids on the homes of gang members, police found four pistols, EUR 35,000 in cash, three shot-guns, two silencers, two walky-talkies, four bullet-proof vests, explosives, and a thousand rounds of bullets.
It was thought they were in the process of preparing another raid when they were arrested.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news