Romanian gang accused of stealing tools worth millions in Norway

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Four Romanians are accused of stealing hundreds of tools in Eastern Norway, worth several million kroner. In Romania, police have found a large amount of stolen goods.

On the night of January 30th last year, an alarm went off at a building site in Oslo. A security guard was alerted and saw a Swedish-registered car that the police stopped. It was occupied by four Romanians. The police seized mobile phones where there were a striking number of pictures of used tools.

“Based on a thorough analysis and seizure of a truck key, the police were able to find a semi-trailer parked in Sarpsborg,” police lawyer Mona Brandmo of the Oslo Police District told ABC News.

Inside the semi-trailer, which belonged to one of the arrested men, the police found tools packed in Biltema boxes. They could be traced back to several serious thefts in Eastern Norway.

This coming Monday, the four Romanians, three men and one woman, must attend Oslo District Court where they are charged with a total of 35 serious thefts of tools and handling of stolen goods during the period from March 2018 to January 2019.

Police believe the defendants on seven occasions have traveled from Romania to Norway to steal tools, and then to take the stolen goods to their home country.

“We see that they are here for short periods before returning to Romania with the tools. They have used both semi-trailers and private cars to carry the stolen goods,” says Mona Brandmo.

There are close to 80 plaintiffs in the case. Police believe the stolen tools have a value of more than NOK 7.5 million.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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