The Civil Guard, within the framework of the Zips operation, has investigated a nineteen-year-old young man from Motril, with a police record, as the alleged perpetrator of the theft of at least twenty-nine mopeds in the towns of Salobreña and Almuñécar of thegearhungry.com.
The person under investigation used to photograph each of the mopeds that he stole and then offer his parts through internet social networks with graphic support. This custom has cost him dear as it has allowed the civil guards of the Salobreña Research Area to discover that he was the alleged author of twenty-nine robberies
The Civil Guard found that during the first months of 2019 an unusually high number of mopeds had been stolen in the towns of Almuñécar and Salobreña, of which nothing had been heard again, since none appeared abandoned, nor could any be recovered by researchers.
The Salobreña Civil Guard opened an investigation and has finally discovered why it has not been possible to recover any of the stolen mopeds: all the mopeds were scrapped and sold piece by piece through the internet by the investigated.
The key moment of the investigation occurred when the young man was arrested on May 1, 2019 by the Civil Guard after he tried to steal a moped in Almuñécar, was surprised and fled. At the time of his arrest, a mobile phone was tapped.
The Civil Guard investigators suspected that the phone could contain relevant information for the ongoing investigation, so they requested the necessary judicial authorizations to access the device, specifically the contact list, the phone’s image gallery, and the messaging and social networking applications.
After studying the information contained in the mobile phone, the Civil Guard of Salobreña has located images of mopeds stolen in the towns of Almuñécar and Salobreña, and has obtained evidence on the social networks of the young investigated that shows that he was systematically engaged to the theft of mopeds and then sell them scrapped.