Italy and Germany arrest Georgian gang
The criminals stored their loot in a special room before sending it to their home-city Kutaisi.
Italian and German authorities have detained 28 people who are believed to be associated with a criminal clan from Georgian Kutaisi. According to Italian law enforcement agencies, they have burgled 85 apartments since 2015. They kept the loot in a special warehouse before sending it to their homeland. A certain Petr Palamar is the assumed leader of the enterprise. The gang operated for several years in the provinces of Turin, Savona, Alessandria, Cuneo and Pavia.
They used the so-called Bulgarian key to snap off the locks, as it leaves no traces of forced entry. Searches in one of the premises revealed a training base with many different kinds of locks the criminals practiced on to work on the speed and skill.
The "Bulgarian key" is like a password for opening virtually all Italian doors equipped with double-card locks: a typical Italian system rarely used in other countries. It is assumed that it was invented by Bulgarian people or, at least, they were the first to use it. According to the most common version, it was invented by the Bulgarian secret service and has been on the black market for several years. The universal key is a very sophisticated tool. First, a key with an adjustable head is inserted into the lock. Then another tool imprints on the transformable key the teeth needed to unlock the door. Then a real key is made using the imprints. The technique allows opening locks that have been in use in Italy for about 20 years.
As the Italian media say, the robbers were "so stupid and self-assured" that they gave the finger to the CCTV while leaving one of the apartments. Having collected all the evidence, the police were able to track the mobsters down.
Earlier it was reported that Spain, Germany and Greece had arrested dozens of Georgian criminals. According to the Georgian Interior Ministry, Georgia took an active part in the detentions. Yesterday, Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze said that the government is cooperating with law enforcement agencies of European countries to find criminals of Georgian decent.