The National Republican Guard arrested five suspects on Monday of committing a felony robbery and falsifying documents worth hundreds of thousands of euros, by order of the Public Ministry.
According to the MP, three British and two Portuguese are suspected of having formed a group that, since August this year, mainly in the Faro area, stole 17 light vehicles and motor homes, as well as several electric scooters, bicycles and other objects , in a total amount not yet ascertained but that will be "at least several hundred thousand euros."
The PM also suspects that in most cases the detainees have broken into the car rental shops where the ignition keys were and used them to take the vehicles with them.
In some cases, it is suspected that they have falsified the number plates and driven the vehicles to Spain.
The detainees will be presented this Tuesday in Faro for first judicial interrogation and enforcement of coercion measures.
The investigation is directed by the MP of the 2nd section of Faro of the DIAP, with the support of the Republican National Guard of Faro.