Gang steals medical equipment worth 60 million euros from Spanish hospitals
Police have dismantled a criminal organisation dedicated to the theft of medical material in hospitals throughout Europe.
The seven arrested mainly subtracted endoscopes – medical equipment of great economic value in the market – in hospitals, polyclinics and health centres in Spain and other European countries, for later referral to Colombia through parcel delivery companies.
Once in Colombia, the effects were collected by other members of the network who were responsible for re-introducing them to the market, through companies or Internet portals that sold the equipment to countries like the United States or back to Europe, as well as money laundering the profits.
Police believe the stolen items had a value of more than 60 million euros.
To commit robberies, the organisation was distributed in itinerant cells of three to six people travelling throughout Europe, staying for seasons of up to six months and moving several thousand kilometres to commit crimes
In the first phase of the operation, the six members of a cell that acted in Europe during the last months were arrested simultaneously, clarifying a robbery in Herning (Denmark) worth two million euros and another in Dusseldorf (Germany) for one and a half million.
The second phase took place in Colombia against the conglomerate of companies in charge of reintroducing the stolen material into the market, practicing 22 raids and recovering 28 pieces of equipment valued at more than 50,000 euros.