The gang are responsible for at least 50 roadside robberies
A gang of 15 people, believed to be responsible for at least 50 highway robberies targeting tourists in service and rest areas along the A-7 motorway, have been arrested by the Catalan police.
The detainees, all natives of Kosovo and with various backgrounds in different European countries such as France, Germany and Italy, used high-end vehicles to ensure a quick escape after committing the crimes or to flee from the police in the event of being discovered.
Investigators have been able to associate this group with around 50 crimes committed in the 6 months that the investigation has taken place.
The gang would use various techniques to rob innocent victims of valuables and money from inside parked vehicles after distracting their occupants. One of his most common tricks was to warn the victims that they had the flat tire and pretend to help them.
The arrests were made on June 6 in the towns of Castelldefels, Badalona, Barcelona and Vilanova i la Geltrú. Those arrested are accused of being the perpetrators of the crimes of theft, against traffic safety, forgery and a robbery with intimidation.
Between them, the detainees have accumulated hundreds of police records, some having already been arrested in 2013 for similar offences.