Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English
“The GA for Investigation of the MIA of Russia GA for the Chelyabinsk Region has completed the preliminary investigation of a criminal case against a stable armed group, whose members are accused of robbery attacks on jewelry stores in various regions of Russia. The total damage from their illegal activities exceeded 20 million rubles,” said the official representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia Irina Volk.
“According to the investigation, five previously convicted residents of the Chelyabinsk region created a gang to attack jewelry stores. The roles of the gang participants were clearly defined. In total, they were able to commit 9 armed attacks on jewelry stores and pawn shops.
Police officers of the Chelyabinsk Region as a result of operational search activities detained all the suspects,” Irina Volk said.
During the preliminary investigation, videotapes from crime scenes were studied, vendors, guards, witnesses and eyewitnesses were interviewed. 11 criminal cases were initiated on the grounds of crimes stipulated by parts 1, 2 of Article 209, parts 2, 3, 4 of Article 162 and part 2 of Article 161 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, which were subsequently consolidated into one proceeding. Remand in custody was selected as the preventive measure for all the suspects.