German police arrest 3 in crackdown on group that stole luxury cars
A joint operation by German, Austrian and Bosnian police has busted an organized crime group suspected of stealing luxury cars in several German federal states, Europol reported Wednesday.
German police have arrested three suspects and searched their properties in Dortmund. All three are Bosnian nationals living illegally in Germany. They allegedly broke into people’s homes, stole the keys to their fancy cars, and then just drove off with them. The total value of the stolen vehicles was estimated at over US$1.68 million.
Europol’s coordinated operation was made possible thanks to the EU-funded project “Combating Serious Crime in the Western Balkans – IPA 2019” and the investigation was carried out within the framework of the European Multidisciplinary Platform against Criminal Threats (EMPACT).
Europol provided intelligence data and analysis and brought together investigators working on the strategy to dismantle the criminal group. On the day of the action, Europol’s European Serious and Organized Crime Center deployed a mobile office at the operational center in Dortmund, enabling a direct connection between investigators from Germany, Austria and Bosnia and Herzegovina.