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Police catch copper cable thieves that cost railways 1.3 million euro

Δημοσίευση 13 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 12:40 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Police catch copper cable thieves  that cost railways 1.3 million euro
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Greek authorities on Wednesday announced the arrest of a gang of thieves that cost the Greece's state-owned railways an estimated 1.3 million euro in damages by stealing copper cables from railway lines.

Greek authorities on Wednesday announced the arrest of a gang of thieves that cost the Greece's state-owned railways an estimated 1.3 million euro in damages by stealing copper cables from railway lines.

The gang had operated mainly along the Dekeleia-Oinoi line, stealing the overhead copper cables that transmit electricity along the line. In addition to the financial damage, they also placed the safety of the railway network at serious risk.

The West Attica Security police caught seven foreign nationals (five Pakistanis, an Indian and an Albanian) at Skourta and Schimatari in Viotia with 1,850 kilos of copper cable taken from various sections of the northeast Attica railway network in their possession.

Under questioning, the suspects admitted that they had been operating for the past two months and selling the stolen cables for scrap.

All seven were led before an Athens first-instance court prosecutor on Tuesday.