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The Guardia Civil arrested six people for the theft and illegal trade of copper wire (04/09/2013)

Have recovered 140 kilos of copper from the interior of an electric transformer

Three arrested for stealing stolen, using force, electricity transformer inside a farm

The remaining employees of a junkyard, bought stolen copper and camouflaged the entries in the book of policing to avoid detection

The Guardia Civil of the Region of Murcia has developed an investigation into the theft of copper wire in a farm of El Algar-Cartagena, which has resulted in the arrest of three people on charges of burglary and three by crime of receiving.

The service is included in the "Provincial Plan Copper Theft", and in the "Plan against theft on farms and ranches" that the Guardia Civil de Murcia has enabled to prevent and clarify any activity related to these criminal typologies .

Proceedings were initiated after agents specializing in safety prevention a number of irregularities detected by run Cartagena metal waste.

A thorough analysis of the prescriptive book junkyard control raised suspicions of the Meritorious, because the classification of the source of metal called red (motor cable) and quantity were disproportionate.

Also, included several people from the same family as responsible for the delivery of copper in the setting, all annotated with incorrect addresses and different modes of transport to cover his family ties.

In view of such evidence, the agents initially suspect material involved, checking shortly after its presentation (enamelled wire and sheets), which delivered 140 kilos of copper in the establishment came from an electrical transformer of large phase type.

A known type of crime: the theft of electrical transformers

The theft of electrical transformers is a well known criminal typology security forces.

The authors of this type of theft usually enter by force in fenced farms, climbing to a turret air and throwing the power transformer to the ground.

Once on the ground, force and subtract the copper inside, which usually exceed 200 Kg The large amount of this metal containing transformers, coupled with its high price, is getting a good haul for criminals.

The Civil Guard established then a search on people who had made the delivery and, possibly, against all available evidence so far, were responsible for the theft, a few days earlier, an electrical transformer of existing turret a farm of El Algar.

Such a device led to the location and arrest of three suspects in the theft.

In parallel, the agents made the arrest of three people employed in the junkyard, on suspicion of crime of receiving, to acquire copper wire illegally obtained.


The Guardia Civil has arrested six people, three of them on suspicion of crime of burglary and three others suspected of the crime of receiving, all identified as:

- Spanish, 53 years and resident of Torre Pacheco.

- Spanish, 42 years and resident of Torre Pacheco.

- Spanish, 21, resident of Murcia.

- Spanish, 36 year-old resident of San Javier.

- Romanian, 29 years old and lives in Cartagena.

- Spanish, 32 years and resident of Cartagena.

Four of those arrested have a history of committing similar crimes.

Recovered Effects:

As part of the investigation, officers recovered a waste management company 140 kg copper metal, in the form of enamelled wire and sheets, from three-phase power transformer type stolen in a farm of El Algar-Cartagena.

The investigation remains open to determine if criminal group could be responsible for the commission of other robberies in the area transformers.

The detainees, effects seized and proceedings have been brought before the Magistrate's Court in Cartagena (Murcia).

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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