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The local police Jumilla works in an operation which has arrested seven people who were involved in theft of copper wire (19/10/2010)

The mayor welcomed the work of the police in this operation |

Seven people were arrested, two of them are already in prison, as part of an organization dedicated to theft in an operation in the provinces of Albacete and Murcia and has allowed the recovery of 2,600 kilos of copper wire and 1,400 liters of fuel , among other materials.

Among those arrested are four Spanish and three in Lithuania, most of whom live in Jumilla.

This operation has enjoyed the cooperation of the local police in Jumilla, after a follow-up identified the warehouse located in Jumilla and stopped a truck with the 2,600 kilos of copper.

This action took place last October 13, although research spring from several months ago.

Jumilla Mayor Francisco Abellán welcomed the work of local police, "I am proud of the police successfully produced in the detention of these individuals, a job that has also been recognized by the Delegate of the Government of Castilla La Mancha and the Sub-delegate of government in the province of Albacete, with the latter joins me for a good balance to have been previously sub-delegate of Agriculture and have been in several times in the Jumilla Wine Competition. "

Abellán added that "we must continue working from the coordination of all Public Safety Corps in favor of the neighbors."

For his part, Councillor for Citizen Security Primitivo Gonzalez, has also expressed its satisfaction "with the arrest of this group of people who were engaging in theft, sale and handling of copper, since many thefts that were occurring in Jumilla and Hellin populations and, Yecla and Cieza, among others. "

To that end, Gonzalez added, "a device has been established between the Guardia Civil and Judicial Police who investigate these crimes, who buys this stuff and who resells it to the factories that will use this copper."

In that process, "the local police Jumilla has contributed to the identification of the store that was in Jumilla, a ship which has been tracking and arrest of a truck with more than 2,600 kilos of copper. It identified the three individuals who were in the vehicle and the four had in store, "said the councilman.

Finally, Primitivo Gonzalez added that "all this has been done by the Guardia Civil and the important thing is that a network has been cut, it was possible to steal copper and sold it quickly."

"In these crimes, and the value are very important material damage caused, for example, the value of copper, on several occasions, it has been stolen in Jumilla could be around 6,000 euros and the prejudice suffered by the council is more than 20,000 euros. "

Operation 'Retirement'

As for the operation, the government delegate in Castilla-La Mancha, Maximo Diaz Cano, said at a news conference that five people have been arrested for the crime of burglary, who were charged at least nine crimes, while other detainees are attributed a crime of receiving stolen (knowingly selling items that are stolen).

Among those arrested for robbery is a marriage, her Spanish and Lithuanian origin, for which the judge has ordered his temporary imprisonment, to be considered the ringleaders of the group, while the remaining detainees are released with charged.

Cano Diaz stressed the importance of recovering as much of copper wire and has acknowledged that "this is not easy or routine" because those who engage in this type of theft "often dispose of material in small quantities and with immediacy."

The Government delegate explained that at the time of arrest, accused of receiving pay 9,000 euros had been bespoken by the copper wire that has been recovered.

He said the operation, called 'Retirement' is not closed, so are not ruled out further arrests.

Investigations began on 29 January after a break of 6,000 liters of oil put in the Cooperativa San José de Ontur (Albacete), although at the time of their arrest they had just arrested and two bottles of this oil stolen.

In addition, they have seized one kilo of hashish and 29 grams of cocaine as well as precision scales, reflecting that "the criminals were diversifying their lines of action" and were "beginning" also in drug trafficking.

Cano Diaz related that to the store where they kept the stolen items, located in Jumilla, the Civil Guard was reached thanks to the oil trail left by the stolen truck to transport the large amount of copper wire they had.

But the truck suffered a blow in the bottom and the trail of oil that was leaving took them to the warehouse where the stolen items were deposited.

At the time of the arrests, which occurred between 13 and 14 last October, were also arrested 10,070 euros in cash.

The operation was carried out by agents of the Organic Unit of the Judicial Police of the Guardia Civil de Albacete, with members of the Guardia Civil of Jumilla and Local Police of that city of Murcia.

With this operation "was dismantled a very active group that was creating alarm in the province of Albacete, on the border with Murcia province," said the delegate of the Government.

Proceedings of the robberies the court has Hellín No. 2, while the Court of Jumilla is responsible with regard to drug trafficking.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Jumilla

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