GPS Jammer Prevents Cars From Being Stolen
The Peugeot 3 008 is clearly popular in the African car market, and a network of small traffickers specializing in theft of this particular model has grasped this trend. Five men aged between 27 and 37 were arrested on Tuesday in Clichy-la-Garenne (Upper Seine) and Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer (Pas de Calais). Since May last year, they are suspected of establishing a huge flow between Yvelines and Belgium. Then, the stolen vehicle was transported to West Africa.
In total, investigators from the security department of Yvelines estimated that 13 vehicles were stolen and illegally exported to Gambia. The losses totaled more than 400,000 euros. This long investigation began in Sutterville. On May 22, the police found two Peugeot 3008s in Sartrouville on Rakanal Street in the center of India. A few days ago, two vehicles were declared stolen in Noisy-le-Roi and Bailly. The police then installed a beacon on the car to monitor its driving.
This is how the two 3008s were noticed on the A1 highway in northern France five days later. Departmental security investigators found a suspicious truck in particular at a toll gate in Tournai, Belgium. The heavy goods vehicles are driven by Bulgarian drivers who will be dismissed. On the other hand, the 28-year-old Gambian is mentioned in the delivery note as the ordering party, which makes it possible for us to understand that the two vehicles departed through the port of Antwerp to their country of origin.
The core of this business is a wife and a child who live in Clichy-la-Garenne in the Upper Seine. It seems to have moved a lot in northern France. It seems that he is responsible for managing the orders and export logistics of the stolen cars and is under surveillance. The investigators used CCTV images and conducted multiple phone jammer interceptions to identify their cohabitants, that is, all members of the African diaspora.
In the Paris area, the main supplier is a 29-year-old man. A source close to the case said: “Although he was carrying an electronic bracelet from the Ministry of Justice, he actively participated in trafficking activities and did not hesitate to go to Germany to troubleshoot the stolen vehicle.” The police identified the second accomplice. But he was also the initiator of this expedition.
Their method of stealing is simple and effective. They found the parked car, forcibly opened the door, and then started it with the gps jammer electronic device. Then, they parked it in the street or parking lot for a few days to block the geolocation system. Each stolen car earns 4000 to 5000 euros for the fleet. Therefore, from the end of June to the end of August, five convoys were sent to Antwerp.
Several incidents followed to support the investigators' investigation. In September, the Belgian police arrested an accomplice in Calais. Among his property, two Peugeot 3 008 were stolen in France. He was surprised by this. The source added: "The Belgian police intercepted two containers just four days ago, each containing three stolen vehicles." Earlier last week, the importer was arrested by Renault Twingo's wheels in Boulogne-Billancourt, and the car was stolen in Turken (north). The police found a GPS jammer and an OBD connection box on him, two tools used by car thieves. Finally, on Tuesday, investigators decided to shut down the networks of the remaining networks. The suspect was detained in a safe place in Vero Frye and stolen in an organized gang. In the first few hours of the interrogation, the perpetrator confessed succinctly. During the day, they should be submitted to the Versailles inspector on Thursday.