Game over for Chilean burglars. Three South American criminals, aged between 23 and 50, were brought before the public prosecutor's office in Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine) on 29 November. They were remanded in custody pending their appearance before the criminal court. The trio is suspected of having committed ten burglaries, in Seine-et-Marne, Hauts-de-Seine, Yvelines and Val-d'Oise, for an estimated loss of 30,000 euros.
It all began on November 22, when investigators from the Paris Banditry Repression Brigade (BRB) gathered information on this highly mobile team of thieves who had moved into a home in Meulan (Yvelines). Officials place them under surveillance and track their movements.
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The police note that they work according to the technique of "theft by light". This method consists of criss-crossing the residential areas in the late afternoon, while night falls in winter. Burglars spot houses that remain in the dark before setting their sights on them. They then force open the doors and windows before slipping into the pavilions. Within minutes, they searched the premises before seizing their victims' jewellery and money.
The officials noted that they had passed through Claye-Souilly, Vaucresson or Goussainville and made links with other acts committed, particularly in the Yvelines.
Last Tuesday, the investigation accelerates when the police understand that their suspects have decided to leave France for Belgium. The trio was intercepted on the highway in the Nord department. The search led to the discovery of money and some jewellery.
The well-crafted South American burglars' organization
The three men, all already known to the police to be thieves, were taken into custody at the Porte de Clichy in Paris, in the premises of the judicial police. During their interviews, they did not provide any evidence to the police.
For about five years, South American burglars have been in the sights of BRB investigators. These criminals belong to criminal organizations that act in a structured manner. They come to France seasonally, the time for them to amass enough money, before leaving the country to avoid detection. These networks almost always have receivers in the Paris region and regularly send money orders to their country of origin.