Five people arrested for robbing journalists in the Vuelta a Burgos

The Civil Guard has announced the arrest of these five people who committed robberies with force to journalists inside their vehicles or the rooms of their hotel.


The Civil Guard has arrested five people who formed an organized criminal group, dedicated to the commission of robberies with force to journalists who covered the XLII Vuelta Ciclista a Burgos, held between July 28 and August 1, 2020.

According to the Armed Institute reported on Thursday, during the development of the cycling event, several robberies with force occurred inside vehicles and in hotel rooms where athletes and journalists were staying.As a consequence, Operation 'PHOTOPREC' was initiated, with the aim of identifying and arresting the perpetrators, suspecting that it could be an organized group specialized in this type of crime.

Investigations into the thefts committed were complemented with surveillance devices in the vicinity of the accommodations and vehicles used by professionals who follow the sporting event.

Thus, on the afternoon of July 31, after finishing the fourth stage, the presence of suspicious persons was observed loitering around one of the hotels where athletes and journalists were staying, who even followed them to their rooms.

The civil guards counted on the collaboration of journalists and hotel personnel, with which the suspects were identified and, after the search of their vehicles, where photo and video material was located as well as effects and tools for the commission of robberies with force, he was arrested.

They are accused of being the perpetrators of four crimes of robbery with force, one crime of damages, as well as another of belonging to an organized criminal group.

Additionally, two vehicles used by the detainees for their displacements were intervened, effects for the commission of robberies with force and five mobile phones for their analysis.

The five detainees have numerous records for crimes of robbery with force and theft and all of them have been admitted to preventive detention by court order.

The Civil Guard continues with the investigations to clarify all the events that occurred during the sporting event of the Vuelta Ciclista a Burgos 2020, as well as similar crimes produced in other sporting events held both in Spain and in the rest of Europe, since this criminal group organized, specializes in the robbery of high-end electronic material used by photojournalists.

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