Photos – document the members of the ring who entered the homes of the elderly, impersonated electricity company employees and stole their victims’ savings, reports the iEidiseis.
The police officers of the Southeast Attica Security Directorate made a total of four arrests, while the profit of the organization is estimated at 190,000 euros. The activity of the ring was focused on Alimo, Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza.
The arrests took place yesterday morning in Ano Liosia. As it emerged from the investigation, the defendants, at least since July 2023, had set up and joined a group with continuous action and distinct roles among its members, with the purpose of committing thefts from homes for the elderly in areas of the southern suburbs of Athens.
Regarding their mode of action, the members of the gang during the morning and midday hours, moved in the above areas looking for houses where elderly people lived who might be convinced by the tricks used by the gang in order to break into their houses and by the method of employment to complete their criminal acts.
When they were spotted, they would ring house bells, impersonating power company employees or elevator repairmen who were visiting them ostensibly for a power leak or elevator malfunction.
When the victims were convinced of their identity and the defendants managed to enter the houses, one member took over the occupation of the victim, disorienting him with various pretexts (checking the electrical installations or household appliances), so that the other members with quick and methodical movements to search the premises and remove jewelery and sums of money.
In other cases, they followed elderly people on their way back to their homes, approaching them in a similar way.
Characteristic of the persuasiveness of the pretexts used by the members is the fact that in one case they persuaded a victim to collect sums of money and jewelry in aluminum foil in order to “protect” them from the upcoming work and then removed them.
From the preliminary investigation so far, 9 cases of theft have been solved in Alimo, Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza.
From the searches carried out in their homes, clothing that had been used during the commission of the criminal acts, jewelry, watches, cameras along with a recording device, a calyx, preparations for improving sports performance and the sum of 2,300 euros were confiscated.
The financial benefit they obtained from their criminal activity is estimated to exceed 190,000 euros.
It is noted that the accused have in the past concerned the Authorities for similar crimes.
The arrested were taken to the Athens District Attorney, while the investigation to ascertain the full scope of their criminal activity continues.