Seven arrested on suspicion of armed robberies of value vans

The PJ of Braga detained, this Thursday, seven men suspected of armed robberies of value vans and homejacking.

In a statement, the Judiciary Police, through the Criminal Investigation Department of Braga, with the collaboration of the Northern Directorate, in compliance with arrest warrants issued by the MP – DIAP of Guimarães, states that it carried out the arrest, outside of flagrante delicto, of six men, suspected of committing crimes of criminal association, aggravated robbery (consummated and attempted – with the use of firearms), aggravated kidnapping, violence after abduction, possession of prohibited weapons, aggravated falsification of documents and drug trafficking.

None of the detainees, aged between 55 and 36, have any professional activity, and are not known to have legitimate assets and/or income.

Several home and non-home search warrants were also complied with in various locations in Greater Porto, in Braga, Famalicão and Guimarães, proceedings presided over by a Criminal Investigation Judge of the Court of Guimarães. Several vehicles, firearms, ammunition, narcotics, money, communications equipment and various valuables were seized.

In the course of the searches, another individual was also detained for having prohibited weapons and possessing a narcotic product (hashish).

The inquiry, titled by the DIAP of Guimarães, originated in a “homejacking” – crimes of aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping, which took place on July 1, 2020, in a parish in the municipality of Vila Nova de Famalicão, with two elderly women living in a residence, from which the authors subtracted around fifty thousand euros in cash, various pieces and objects in gold, branded watches and two top-of-the-range vehicles.

Subsequently, and targeting valuable vehicles (VTV), on February 26, 2021, an aggravated robbery was committed in Gondomar, on September 13 an attempted aggravated robbery in Ermesinde and on the 19th of the same month an aggravated robbery consummated in Vila Nova de Famalicão.

The detainees will be presented to the competent judicial authorities at the Court of Guimarães, for the first judicial interrogation and possible application of coercive measures.

Thursday, 07 October 2021 15:12 in Judicial

Tags: robberies, robberies, PJ, vans, valuables, homejacking

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