Greek fighter from Olympic team caught stealing elite cars in Moscow

Greek fighter from Olympic team caught stealing elite cars in Moscow
Georgios Papadopoulos

In Moscow, a member of the Olympic team of Greece in freestyle wrestling has been detained.

The 31-year-old athlete is charged with stealing luxury cars in the capital.

The man was detained by officers of the criminal investigation department in the North-Eastern District of Moscow and taken to the police department for the Marfino district. According to law enforcement bodies, Georgios Papadopoulos has created an organized crime group in Moscow, specializing in car thefts. It is noteworthy that the man had previously visited the Russian capital as part of the Greek national team for joint training on free-style wrestling with Russian athletes. 

Law enforcers established that Papadopoulos used to be the leader of a car theft gang. Their cars of interest were the SUVs BMW X5 and X6. At the same time, the man would regularly visit Greece to make copies of keys from expensive cars. Upon returning to Moscow, he and his accomplices were able to steal dozens of cars by means of analog keys.

Then the athlete would distribute the stolen cars to chop shops, or put them on sale with forged documents. 

A criminal case under Theft has been initiated against the man. At the same time, Papadopoulos does not plead guilty. In addition, he told the police that he is officially employed in the Greek national team and receives salary as an athlete.+

The law enforcement agencies are currently identifying Papadopoulos's associates.

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