Nine people were arrested by the carabinieri of Rho, at the disposal of the investigating judge of Milan, for extortion, a criminal association aimed at committing aggravated thefts and receiving stolen goods. The group stole cars and work vehicles from individuals and companies active in the provinces of Milan, Pavia and Varese.
The arrests come at the end of an investigation launched on February 4, 2020 after the discovery, in Lainate (Milan), of a stolen car on which cloned number plates had been mounted. Through wiretapping and video, the investigators were able to trace 13 thefts (in particular of two cars, four trucks and eleven work vehicles) and eight incidents of receiving stolen goods, for a pecuniary damage that amounts to over 700 thousand euros. Of these, 16 cars were returned to their rightful owners.
The modus operandi
The gang had an operational base inside the nomad camp in via Chiesa rossa and a logistic base in the industrial area of Pieve Emanuele (Milan). The members pretended to be workers, disguising themselves with reflective bibs to arouse less suspicion while driving the stolen work vehicles. The vehicles were then hidden in articulated lorry trailers and transported to various cities in Eastern Europe.