They are accused of extortion and criminal association aimed at the commission of aggravated thefts and receiving stolen goods of cars and means of work against individuals and companies in the provinces of Milan, Pavia and Varese: the carabinieri of the Compagnia di Rho have carried out 7 orders of precautionary custody in prison and 2 orders for the application of the obligation of presentation to the judicial police, issued by the GIP of the Court of Milan, against nine people.
They stole machinery pretending to be workers and setting up fictitious construction sites: discovered by the carabinieri
The investigation, launched by the Operational Section of the Compagnia di Rho and coordinated and directed within the VII Department of the Milan Public Prosecutor’s Office, originated from the discovery of a car with a cloned license plate in the municipality of Lainate on 4 February 2020. Through wiretapping by telephone and video, it was possible to identify those responsible for 13 thefts and 8 incidents of receiving stolen goods, for a pecuniary damage that amounts to over 700,000 euros. The criminals are responsible for the theft of two cars, 4 trucks and 11 work vehicles. Furthermore, the checks carried out during the investigation activities allowed the recovery and return to the entitled persons of 16 vehicles (1 of which used to carry out an extortion with the so-called “return horse” method), as well as the arrest in the act of 4 subjects.
In practice, the suspects, using an “operational base” in the so-called nomad camp. “Chiesa Rossa” and a “logistic base” in an industrial area of Pieve Emanuele, initially identified the targets to be hit after targeted inspections. Then, often disguised as workers with reflective bibs, and using numerous cellular users and sim-cards fictitiously registered to third parties and specially exchanged during the shots to make it more difficult to match each user to a single user, they made use of means of transport in turn of stealth origin, in order to remove work vehicles and lead them to isolated places in industrial areas of the province. Sometimes they left them on the public road near bogus road construction sites, set up for the occasion, waiting for the subsequent recovery. Subsequently, the network of fences connected to the criminal association was responsible for establishing a price for the stolen vehicles that were hidden inside the trailers of articulated lorries driven by complacent drivers, and transported to different locations in Eastern Europe.
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