Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English
“A 28-year-old unemployed local resident with a criminal record suspected of committing fraud against a veteran of Great Patriotic War was detained by criminal investigators of the MIA of Russia GA for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region,” said the official representative of the Russian MIA Irina Volk.
“Information about the unlawful act was revealed by officers of the MIA of Russia during the monitoring of media publications. The Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, General of the Police of the Russian Federation Vladimir Kolokoltsev instructed the leadership of the regional GA to immediately check the published information and, in the event the information was confirmed, take a decision, as soon as possible, on initiating a criminal case and detaining persons involved in the crime.
It was established that the offender had called the veteran’s home phone and introduced himself as an employee of a company-manufacturer of medical devices. Having gained confidence, he entered the victim’s apartment. Then, having stolen a large amount, of cash he disappeared. The material damage amounted to about 1 million rubles.
A criminal investigation was initiated under part 3 of Article 159 of the Russian Criminal Code. Experienced officers of the MIA of Russia GA for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region were involved in solving the crime.
As a result of operational search activities, the suspect was detained in the village of Kudrovo, the Leningrad Region. During the search of his apartment and car, lists of elderly citizens with addresses and home phone numbers, a mobile phone from which calls to victims had been made, as well as other items of evidentiary value in the criminal case were seized.
At the moment the suspect has been detained pursuant to Article 91 of the Russian Criminal Procedure Code. Other episodes of his illegal activities are being established,” Irina Volk noted.