Police break up 'Mafia' gang
5 August 2004, MADRID - Spanish police claimed on Thursday that they had broken up an organised crime gang linked to the Italian mafia that was planning to set up in Spain.
5 August 2004
MADRID - Spanish police claimed on Thursday that they had broken up an organised crime gang linked to the Italian mafia that was planning to set up in Spain.
Four suspects were arrested at Santa Coloma de Gramanet, near Barcelona, all of them Italian, including two men who were the subject of international arrest warrants.
Police swooped on the four on Tuesday evening in an operation co-ordinated with the Italian Carabineri police force in Genoa.
The gang were said to have carried out a series of "carefully organised" bank raids in Italy where they checked out the security systems and location of cameras before making a hole into the outer wall of the bank from a neighbouring property.
They then waited until closing time, when there were no customers and few staff, before breaking into the bank itself.
Once inside, they held the workers at gunpoint and deactivated the alarm systems before emptying the safes.
In a search of a property used by the gang in Santa Coloma de Gramanet, police uncovered false documentación, a Beretta pistol, and EUR 15,000 in cash.
They also confiscated various teargas canisters, some presumably stolen watches and various tools for use in digging through walls.
The four arrested — identified only by their initials — include AP, aged 42, who is the subject of an international arrest warrant and has already been sentenced to an eight-year jail sentence in Italy.
The others were R.E, also aged 42, who had been sentenced to 10 years in jail for "Mafia connections"; F.P., 31, and A.F., who also figures in international arrest warrants.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news