The Catalan police, the Mossos d’Esquadra, have arrested two people after uncovering a warehouse with nearly 100 stolen items, including electric scooters, bicycles, laptops and mobile phones in Sant Pere de Ribes. Most of the stolen goods occurred in Sitges during the month of July.
A woman and a man, aged 29 and 37 respectively, were arrested as the alleged perpetrators of six crimes of theft, a crime of home burglary, a crime of receiving stolen goods and a crime against public health. The police confiscated bicycles, electric scooters and mobile phones, among other valuables. The police report states that those arrested were also selling marijuana and hashish in exchange for money and stolen objects.
The investigation began on Sunday 23 July, when a theft of an electric scooter from the Terramar area of Sitges was reported. The victim notified the Mossos, explaining that he had put a geolocation system on the device. The following day, the police were able to identify the possible address at which the stolen scooter could be found, at a house or car park on Carrer Cristòfol Mestres, in Sant Pere de Ribes. From there, the agents chose to monitor the premises, since, without a court order, they could not enter to search it.
Through one of the windows of the premises, the officers could see a large number of scooters and bicycles. While the officers were making checks, two people approached the access door. When they realised the presence of the police, they tried to get rid of a bag they were carrying. The police found 23 mobile phones, 40 watches and several pieces of jewellery in the bag, and detained the suspects.
The police have since verified that many of the stolen items came from thefts in the municipalities of Sitges and Vilanova i la Geltrú, as well as from the burglary of a home in Calafell.
So far, nine of the stolen objects have been returned to their owners. The Mossos continue the investigation, in which they claim to be one of the most important findings of the last 15 years in the region, adding that more arrests have not been ruled out.
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