Arrest of a violent armed gang that robbed gas stations in Estepona

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National Police officers from the Municipality of Malaga in Estepona have dismantled a criminal group believed to be the robbery of two gas stations in the city. They are also suspected of four forceful robberies at local establishments, and the theft of two vehicles.

The four inmates are between the ages of 21 and 34 and are considered by investigators to be active and extremely violent.

Their first robbery took place on December 11, around 9 p.m., just as the Estepona gas station was closing. A call had been received by CIMACC 091 alerting them that four hooded people armed with firearms had entered the establishment, one of them firing a shot at the ceiling.

After frightening the workers, the attackers emptied the cash register. Initial investigations revealed that the individuals fled in a car that had been stolen in the same town the day before.

Another robbery was committed five days later, with witnesses reporting the same characteristics as the previous robbery. This time the gun was again present, but they escaped on a motorbike which had been reported stolen from a driving school in Estepona in November.

The meticulous measures taken by the officers allowed them to link the two events as being planned and carried out by the same criminal organization. They quickly identified the members of the gang, who had a long criminal history.

An operation was rushed when, during the investigative process, the members of the group were spotted in a bar, while they were allegedly plotting their next heist. Officers proceeded to arrest all four men as the alleged perpetrators of both robberies, with some of them offering great resistance to arrest.

Their four homes were searched, where, among other belongings, one of the alleged firearms or weapons used in the robberies was found. €3,000 in cash, as well as numerous effects – such as clothing – which linked them to the two violent robberies were also discovered.

Moreover, with the dismantling of this organization, it was possible to elucidate the two robberies, four thefts with force in establishments, and two thefts of vehicles.

The four detainees were placed at the disposal of the judicial authority last Monday, January 16, suspected of the crimes of theft with violence, theft, use of a stolen motor vehicle, illegal possession of weapons, violation of sentence, attacks on road safety and membership of a criminal organization. All were sent to prison, as reported theopinionofmalaga.es.

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