Police arrested eight foreign nationals in the early morning hours of Sunday in southern Greece following a lengthy investigation commenced after the repeated theft of power company transformers, which authorities say were stolen and resold for scrap. Two such PPC transformers were removed between midnight Saturday and early morning Sunday near the town of Argos, in the northeastern Peloponnese. In both instances, the copper located inside the transformers was removed.

A brief police chase resulted in the arrest of the eight men, with one suspect fleeing. Authorities said the suspects -- all identified as Pakistani nationals and believed to be in the country illegally -- had formed a criminal gang in the area.