Police catch armed jewelry thieves wanted in EU

In late February the State Police in an international operation caught two men suspected of robbing jewelry stores in the capitals of the Czech Republic, Poland, and Estonia, the police told the press Tuesday.

After receiving information from the Czech authorities, via Europol, that a car with Latvian plates was involved in a robbery in Prague, the police identified two people from Liepāja and Daugavpils as the potential robbers. They had previously served prison sentences.

State Police employees then established that the two could guilty of other crimes - an armed robbery and a robbery attempt in Warsaw last October, and an armed robbery in Tallinn early January 2016. The criminals had consistently targeted jewelry stores.

A meeting was held in Hague to plan the arrests, involving Europol, Eurojust, the State Police International Cooperation Bureau and police from Estonia, Poland, and the Czech Republic. 

On February 22 the State Police together with Europol experts and Estonian police carried out operations, detaining the robbers in Liepāja and Daugavpils, and carrying out a total of six searches in Rīga, Liepāja, and Daugavpils. 

Two men, one 1985-born and the other born in 1980, were detained. Evidence was taken that'll help the prosecution.

The two men are currently behind bars. Procedures have been started to extradite the men to countries where they carried out the crimes.

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