The dismantled organization achieved a loot of 1,298,000 euros
Civil Guard arrested ten people and investigated another four for committing a total of 33 robberies with force in bank branches in different rural areas of Albacete, Alicante, Burgos, Cáceres, Cádiz, Ciudad Real, Córdoba, Cuenca, Granada, Guadalajara, Jaén, Madrid , Malaga,
Murcia, Navarra, Segovia, Seville, Teruel, Toledo, Valladolid and Zamora; and outside our borders, in Germany and Portugal.
The dismantled organization – which would have obtained a loot of 1,298,000 euros – is charged with 123 crimes: 33 robberies with force, falsification of documents and license plates, and belonging to a criminal organization, among others. The Bis-Bas operation began after the
robbery of 131,000 euros in a bank in Minaya (Albacete), in which the robbers replaced the bowlers of the access doors to the branch and forced the ATM and the safe. The investigators detected from the first robbery the violent character and the high level of specialization.
Members of the dismantled organization
resided in the provinces of Alicante, Madrid and Toledo, where they went unnoticed. However, cells of between five and ten members were periodically activated and formed, which were dedicated to committing robberies with force in bank branches, throughout the national territory.
Once at the door of the chosen branch,
they forced the cylinder of the door lock, replacing it with a new one, eliminating any external sign of force or violence. They then entered the interior, equipped with balaclavas, gloves and frequency inhibitors, overriding the alarm systems and the telephone line, and stealing the equipment for recording images. They would then quickly leave the premises, leaving the door closed with their new illegitimate key, remaining hidden in the vicinity awaiting the imminent police response.
When the patrols on duty came to check the alarm
they could not detect anything abnormal, when finding the door closed and no signs of violence, being understood as a false alarm. It was then when, with the alarm disabled and with no possibility of it being activated again, the criminals quietly forced the safe using sophisticated opening systems to break thick metals.
High-end vehicles with “bent” license plates
The vehicles used in the robberies were of the off-road type, high-end and large displacement, always with “bent” license plates, where the material perpetrators of the robberies traveled, together with the tools they used to do so. The second vehicles, called “shuttle”, of medium-high range, were located at strategic points, to monitor the perimeter of the chosen bank branch to detect any incident that could abort their illicit intentions.
Once the members of the organization sensed that the security forces could have detected any of the routines of their modus operandi,
ceased activity for several weeks, getting rid of the vehicles they had used so far, returning each one to their home. During the four searches, carried out in various towns in Malaga, the Civil Guard managed to recover 125,000 euros, from the latest robberies.
Operation Bis-Bas counted on the collaboration of the National Republican Guard of Portugal, EUROPOL and EUROJUST.
Seven of the detainees had European arrest warrants. In Portugal they came to commit 12 robberies, and in Germany they stole three large-cylinder cars.
In the police operation, members of the Organic Unit of Judicial Police, of the Command of the Civil Guard of Albacete, who had the support of the Citizen Security Unit (USECIC), also of Albacete, of the Central Operational Unit (UCO) intervened. , of the Rural Security Group (GRS) of Seville, as well as of components of Citizen Security of the Civil Guard of Marbella (Malaga).