MIA of Russia officers detained suspects in car thefts

“Officers of the MIA of Russia General Administration of Criminal Investigation in cooperation with colleagues from the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, Moscow and Leningrad regions, with the participation of the Rosgvardia, suppressed the activities of a group of people suspected of stealing expensive cars,” said the official representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia Irina Volk.

It was established that in November last year in the city of Podolsk, Moscow Region, offenders had committed a theft of a car. A few days later, police officers detained a previously convicted 36-year-old native of one of the CIS countries.

As a result of operational search activities in the Moscow Region and the city of St. Petersburg, four more men aged from 33 to 38 were detained.

“During searches at the addresses of the defendants detention, devices for unauthorized opening of security systems of cars and starting engines, a passport of a citizen of the Russian Federation with a photo of one of the detainees and personal details of another person, a Makarov pistol and ammunition to it were found and seized. According to the results of forensic research, the seized arms were recognized as short-barreled self-loading rifled firearms, the cartridges - as ammunition,” Irina Volk said.

Criminal cases were initiated on the grounds of crimes stipulated by part 1 of Article 222 and part 4 of Article 158 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. Placement to custody was selected by court as the preventive measure for the detainees. The circumstances of two similar crimes committed by the suspects in the Moscow Region were established.

At present, further investigative actions and operational search measures are being carried out aimed at identifying additional episodes of their unlawful activities.

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