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21 detained for thefts worth at least EUR 3 M in France

The suspects were apprehended during 15 home searches in Timis and Maramures counties.

Prosecutors from Bucharest, Cluj and Timisoara apprehended 21 suspects of committing thefts in French resorts. In this case, judiciary authorities from Romania, Hungary, France, Austria and Germany simultaneously searched locations related to the accusations. The Romanian Police yesterday announced that 21 people suspected of thefts worth a total EUR 3 M on French territory were apprehended yesterday morning, during 15 searches conducted in the counties of Maramures and Timis. The 21 suspects make the object of 21 European arrest warrants issued by a court in Bordeaux, France, under the accusations of forming an organised criminal ring and committing theft on French soil.

French authorities are investigating 62 thefts committed by Romanian citizens during January 2010 – March 2011 in French resorts, with the majority of stolen goods consisting of electronics, TV sets, liquors and cosmetics. All these criminal acts resulted in an estimated total damage of EUR 3,000,000.

The action was possible due to the cooperation with French judiciary authorities, as Romanian authorities received many requests for international judiciary assistance, in view of prosecuting the suspects living in Romania.
After analysing the evidence, the Courts of Appeals in Bucharest, Timisoara and Cluj ordered the 21 suspects to be detained and brought to court, so they can be placed on preventive arrest.

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