Six “highway romantics” were united by passion for other people’s money and by common criminal case

Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English

“Officers of the MIA of Russia Main Directorate for Criminal Investigation together with colleagues from the Criminal Investigation Administration of the MIA of Russia GA for the Moscow Region, with the participation of the FSB of Russia, detained suspects of committing several robberies and robbery attacks in Moscow and the Moscow Region,” said the official representative of the Russian MIA Irina Volk.
It was established that in February of this year, the offenders, being near one of the houses located in the Pavlino microdistrict of the Balashikha Urban District, had attacked a local resident. Threatening with arms, they beat the man and stole his backpack, in which there were 150 thousand rubles.
On this fact Criminal investigators of the MIA Inter-Municipal Administration “Balashikhinskoye” initiated a criminal case on grounds of the crime under paragraphs “a” and “d” of part 2 of Article 161 of the RF Criminal Code.
As a result of search operations near one of the banks in the south-east of Moscow, six members of the group were detained. These turned to be repeatedly convicted citizens aged from 28 to 35. A pistol, cartridges, two knives, masks and gloves were found in their car.
During a search of the detainees’ places of residence, two pistols and cartridges, bank cards of the victims, money, as well as documents for various vehicles allegedly used in the crimes were seized. Arms and ammunition were sent for ballistic examination.
At present, the police established the circumstances of three attacks committed by the offenders in Moscow and the Moscow Region. The preliminary estimate of the damage exceeded 5,000,000 rubles. Placement to custody was selected by Court as the preventive measure for the suspects.
Currently operative-search measures and investigative actions aimed at identifying additional episodes of the suspects’ criminal activity are being implemented.