They thought they had found a good way to make easy money by selling stolen computers. Three men were sentenced by the Versailles Criminal Court to sentences ranging from 12 months suspended to 18 months, 10 of which were suspended, as well as the obligation to compensate Crédit Agricole, the victim in this case. More than €500,000 worth of computer equipment has been stolen from him since last May
For many months, the gang stole brand-new, packaged laptops and accessories for employees at Crédit Agricole's regional site in Guyancourt (Yvelines). At the end of October, the bank had already noticed the disappearance of hundreds of computers worth 300,000 euros. The burglary unit of the urban security of the Élancourt police station is seized of the investigation.
The police then became interested in two employees of a subcontracting company. Very quickly, their doubts were confirmed. Analysis of the phones of these two men makes it possible to attribute almost all the facts to them, which date back to May 2023. At the same time, investigators are conducting research on the Leboncoin website. There, they found nine ads offering these famous computers for sale. The seller is the manager of a company, which they quickly manage to identify.
A final burglary on November 20
On the evening of 20 November, another burglary was committed. The procedure is the same as the previous ones. Only this time, 128 computers were stolen for damage... of 200,000 euros. The police responded at dawn two days later with the help of the departmental intervention company and dog teams.
They arrested the three suspects and another man, suspected of participating in the resale of the goods. Searches were carried out at their homes in Elancourt and Trappes, also in the Yvelines, in Dreux (Eure-et-Loir) and in Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine). Investigators found 56 laptops in one of their homes. It is in fact the manager of the company, the mastermind of the gang, who is none other than a professor of physics and chemistry. Two others turn out to be his henchmen. As for the fourth man, he is the straw manager of this company.
While in police custody, the four men confessed, without really providing any explanation as to the origin of the funds discovered in their home, a total of 32,000 euros. Both cash and bank accounts were seized as criminal assets. The straw man, who managed the company, was acquitted with the benefit of the doubt. It seems that he was manipulated by the other three.