The Civil Guard arrested six men from a family dedicated to copper theft and what should I have done more than 75 thefts with a damage of two million euros in the provinces of Albacete, Cuenca, Murcia, Valencia and Castellón, leaving various treatment plants in these last two provinces without service. They called themselves “The Copper Mafia”.
At the end of August, the Civil Guard began to investigate the theft of two vehicles, tools and almost a kilometer of electrical wiringor a company in the city of Bétera (Valencia). On that occasion, the value of the stolen effects and the damage amounted to more than 180,000 euros.
Later, researchers were able to find out how There is an organized group consisting of people from the same family clan dedicated to the theft of copper in companies and facilities that use it such as treatment plants, train stations or light boxes in large buildings.
Writers used to do spray painted the areas they attacked calling themselves ‘The Copper Mafia’ and where they challenged the Security Forces and Corps. They also do it through their social networks, claiming waves of thefts, where there are fifteen sewage treatment plants and leaving many inhabitants in different cities of Valencia and Castellón without service.
The clan has a strong hierarchy: The oldest people, including the patriarch of the family, performed the functions of management, received the stolen goods and allocated each member their “share of the loot.” They are in charge of establishing the operation, coordinating the “execution echelon” and the “support echelon.”
The implementation step He is in charge of physically committing the crimes and sending the property resulting from the robberies to the management level.. For its part, the support echelon is in charge of obtaining addresses, phone numbers and other tools that will be used to commit criminal acts. Finally, a reception area was found, which was responsible for the irregular sale of stolen goods in exchange for money.
The children of the family members have no schooling, being trained from a very early age in the tasks of the criminal organization.. The future of the family depends on them, because they are the replacement generation.
Another moment in the operation against the Copper Mafia
Throughout the investigation The commission of more than 75 crimes of robbery with force in the provinces of Valencia, Castellón, Cuenca, Albacete and Murcia can be verified.where the damages and stolen effects reached two million euros.
Finally, in the middle of this month of October, six records, five in houses and one in an industrial warehouse used for storing and treating stolen goods. A waste treatment facility where merchandise is sold that does not comply with applicable regulations is also inspected and sealed. In this way, it is possible to determine the responsibility of all crimes and actors: from theft to irregular sales of goods.
In searches, a general six men, between 46 and 19 years old, and the investigation of a minor. Also seized were 1.5 tons of copper, 300 boxes of plumbing material, professional construction tools worth 70,000 euros, five cars worth 30,000 euros, two electric shock devices (tasers), three big knives, and copper cutting tools worth about 5,000 euros.