Wires from 40 street lighting poles located on an old highway in the area of Sperhøgea were removed within 15 days by three young gypsies who risked their own lives by stealing copper cables. The damage caused to state property amounted to 32,000 euros.
According to tarrosnews.gr, between May 15 and June 3, 20-, 21- and 14-year-old Roma climbed onto lighting poles and cut the wires. They then sold the valuable metal to a 58-year-old recycling owner.
After repeated cases of theft of cables from columns, on Friday morning in one of the districts of Kalamata, police officers detained a 20-year-old gypsy. Based on video recordings and other evidence, they established that he, along with accomplices, removed cables from 40 street lighting poles in Sperkhogei.
At the same time, a man accused of receiving and disposing of the proceeds of crime has been put on the wanted list. Some of the copper found in the area of the recycling plant was seized and returned to the regional authorities of the Peloponnese.
Reportedly, the car that the “circus performers” used to commit thefts was seized. From the sale of copper, the young gypsy made a profit of 2,000 euros. Police subsequently identified two of his accomplices.