Spanish security officials revealed "no-marks" method of Spartak’s OCG

Spanish security officials revealed "no-marks" method of Spartak’s OCG
Spartak Dzhaparidze (left)

Only a part of the organized crime group’s active members has been detained in Spain. To completely eliminate the gang, the Spanish and French police have gone to Georgia, where they will hold a series of special operations under the auspices of Europol together with their local counterparts.

As a result of a large-scale special operation carried out by the Spanish security forces, 61 people instead of 50 were arrested last week according to the updated data. Let us recall that all of them belonged to a criminal group of burglars coordinated by Georgian thief in law Zviad Darsadze up until his arrest. When Darsadze got locked up, his fellow colleague Spartak Dzhaparidze assumed control over the organized crime group; he had also been hunted by the Spanish enforcement officers, but managed to escape. According to some reports, he is currently hiding in Naples, Italy.

It should be noted that only a part of the organized crime group’s active members were detained in Spain. To completely eliminate the gang, the Spanish and French police have gone to Georgia, where they are to hold a series of special operations under the auspices of Europol together with their local counterparts.

According to Svoboda radio, over the first 3 months of this year alone, the gang committed more than 4.5 thousand burglaries in the Spanish capital. As reported by the Spanish police representatives, the burglars are very careful. They would “do the job” in a small group of four people; two of them would break into buildings, and the rest remain outside to be able to warn their accomplices. Their targets would be far from the richest districts of Madrid, such as Aluche, Carabanchel, Usera or Vallecas. As a rule, there is no concierge in the houses located there. Instead of forcing doors open, the criminals would use picklocks, blocking signaling. Criminalist Francisco Gomez noted the following peculiarity of the Georgians’ style of work – unlike Spanish burglars who use crowbars, the “imported” criminals would leave no trace. At the same time, they could easily cope even with armored doors. Therefore, when the dwellers returned home, they did not realize they had been robbed until they found something was missing.

The difficulty in apprehending the criminals has also lied in the fact that there would be a constant rotation, and new members would be joining the case. After actively “working” for several months, one group would hide, and a new one would take over. Therefore, the Spanish security forces have decided against catching the gang members one by one, and put an end to the entire network at once. It required studying the connections between the robbers, their roles, the distribution of cash flows, and so on. In addition, the police have come into possession of documents showing that a part of the proceeds from the loot would be credited in the so-called “common fund.” This has become a further proof of the organized crime group existence.

The “imported” criminals also had accomplices from among their former compatriots living in Spain. They would assist in accommodation of newcomers, supply them with false documents, provide other assistance, and make money transfers through them. Apart from replenishing the European common fund, money from the criminal activities would be sent to Georgia and Moscow. The fact is, many thieves have Russian passports; moreover, Darsadze used to be closely associated with the well-known thief in law Zakhary Kalashov. 

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