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arrested copper theft

Arrested for theft of copper
Radio Sintonia:

Two people arrested for the theft of 272 kilos of copper from electricity supply in Fuerteventura.

The Civil Guard of the Post of Puerto del Rosario, arrested on May 4, 2022 two men, one of them 40 years old and the other 32 years old, as alleged perpetrators of a crime against heritage, for the theft of 272 kilograms of copper, extracted from an electric alternator that supplied supply to a desalination plant, amounting to the damage caused to 20,000 euros.


Knowledge of the facts
On April 22, the Civil Guard learned through a formalized complaint at the Puerto del Rosario Post of the theft of the copper coil of an electrical transformer, located in the town of Caleta de Fuste.

The injured party stated that the alleged perpetrators accessed the interior of the installation by forcing the access door to it, proceeding once inside the building, to dismantle the auxiliary transformer that supplied electricity supply to the desalination plant, which provides drinking water to a sector of the town of Caleta de Fuste, causing serious damage to citizens, being quantified the damages in 20,000 euros.

Regardless of the damages that the ineffectiveness of an element that supplies electricity could cause to the citizens of Caleta de Fuste, it also represents a serious risk for pedestrians in the area, since the fact that the alleged perpetrators left open in their flight the access to the electric station, could constitute a danger of death due to the tension that these elements contain.

Investigation and inquiries collected
The Civil Guard of the Puerto del Rosario Post immediately carried out the investigation work, focusing the investigations on a detailed analysis of the copper sales that could be carried out in the metal recovery and waste management centers.

The investigators, perceiving that the sale of this metal had increased considerably in one of the centers established on the island of Fuerteventura in the days after the robbery carried out in Caleta de Fuste, ostentatiously caught the attention of the agents and that the type of copper dispensed, faithfully coincided with the characteristics of the stolen material.

For this reason, the inquiries focused on locating the sellers and knowing the origin of the metal, collecting all the data and information to carry out various specific checks, with the support of advice from industrial engineers, thus being able to prove that the origin of the copper dispensed in the waste management center, was directly related to the stolen metal.

In addition, the Civil Guard was able to verify how the people who had executed the sales, from which they obtained a notable economic benefit, had numerous Police records for crimes against property, mostly for multiple illicit acts related to the theft of copper.
Arrest of the authors
Obtained sufficient evidence to attribute the commission of the crime to the men investigated, the Civil Guard established an extensive Police device in the town of Gran Tarajal, where simultaneously, the arrests of the alleged perpetrators of the facts took place, thus achieving the clarification of the facts and leaving the proceedings and detainees at the disposal of the Court of Instruction in functions of guard of Puerto del Rosario.
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