Police swoop on 'jewel robbers'

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12 August 2004, MADRID - Police announced on Thursday the capture of three people they believe to be the masterminds behind a series of recent jewellery robberies in Spain and other EU countries.

12 August 2004

MADRID - Police announced on Thursday the capture of three people they believe to be the masterminds behind a series of recent jewellery robberies in Spain and other EU countries.

All are said to form part of an international group, organised on a cell network and involving mainly Chilean and ex-Yugoslavian citizens.

The three arrested in a raid on an isolated country house near Plasencia in the south-western province of Caceres on Monday night were identified by their first names and initials as Juan R.G, aged 40, Victoria M.M, 50, and Rafael E.D, 39.

Police accuse them of being involved in a series of assaults on jewellers' shops in Barcelona since December. In the last of which they made off with EUR 1.5 million worth of gems in just two minutes.

As part of the same investigation, police also raided two apartments in the Barcelona area where they discovered a pistol and ammunition and EUR 16,500 in cash, as well as a cache of jewellery, watches and pens.

Juan R.G., who police say was the one responsible for selling the stolen gems, mostly outside Spain, is said to have fled from the Catalonia capital in June following the arrest of the gang's former operations chief.

Other members of the international gang were arrested last year during a raid in which police also seized more than EUR 6 million worth of stolen jewellery and accessories.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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