Ten traced cases caught the attention of the Police.
Trucks full of beer were robbed and emptied at different points in the southern suburbs.
A highly specialized case of asphalt piracy, since the gang was dedicated purely and exclusively to stealing bottles and cans in large quantities.
Following images from security cameras, they reached
located in the town of Ingeniero Budge, Lomé, and there they found the merchandise.
Hundreds of different brand beers and other beverages waiting to be distributed were crowded into endless stacks of crates.
In the same place they captured two men and after analyzing their cell phones they found two other accomplices who, the investigators believe, would complete the gang that operated on routes and highways and that was already nicknamed "the beer pirates."
The raid of assaults on trucks occurred in Berazategui, La Matanza, La Plata, Lomas de Zamora and Quilmes, although there could be more linked cases.
Due to the volume of stolen merchandise, it is believed that it was a very profitable business for thieves.
Only what was seized in the Budge warehouse is valued at approximately five million pesos, without counting the drinks that were already sold from previous commando coups.
A still from the video showing the stolen truck that led to the gang's hideout.
The robbery that ended up uncovering the modus operandi was an assault in La Plata a few days ago.
The Departmental Investigation Delegation (DDI) of La Matanza, in collaboration with agents of the Buenos Aires Police, after registering the complaint of the last trucker, analyzed the location of several telephones and compared the information with the images of the security cameras located at the toll booth. to follow the trajectory of the stolen truck.
From this monitoring emerged the exact place where the gang unloaded the stolen merchandise and kept it for later redistribution through the same districts in the southern zone.
In the videos analyzed by the investigators, you could see the path the vehicle was taking, already in the hands of the assailants, along the highway towards Lomas de Zamora.
It is believed that the four criminals were mobilizing in a car with which they chased the beer trucks and, in areas with little traffic, they crossed paths to force the truckers to stop.
After threatening them, they forced them to get out of the cab and left with the stolen truck.
Then they lowered all the merchandise in the warehouse and discarded the truck.
Also energizers and soft drinks
In addition to beer cans and bottles, they found a large quantity of energy drinks that were resold to gyms, as well as soft drinks.
To choose the trucks to raid, they did a preliminary intelligence, knowing the route of the delivery men from the supplier sheds to the shops.
In one of the raids that were ordered after that investigation, they also hijacked several cars that were used for the assaults and are currently investigating whether there were more accomplices who collaborated both in the robberies themselves and in the cover-up and redistribution of the stolen drinks.
It is believed that, due to the volume of material they were working with, there could be more people involved.
The investigation is in charge of the prosecutor Gonzalo Petit Bosnic of the Functional Instruction Unit (UFI) No. 3 of La Plata.
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