On March 25, the Civil Guard detained a 24-year-old Spanish male as the alleged perpetrator of the theft of 160 river drainage traps in the town of Xàbia. The traps were transported in his vehicle to a scrap metal shop in Benissa, where they were later sent to be melted in Valencia. For this reason, three workers of this business have also been charged with a possible reception offense.
During the month of March, the Javea Town Hall, informed the Civil Guard of the theft of 160 river drainage traps. These traps, which are made of cast iron and have large dimensions, are valued at 120 euros, thus giving a total loss of 19.200 euros.
However, regardless of the economic amount, the non-existence of these traps constitutes a potential danger for vehicles and pedestrians, to such an extent that a person was injured with a broken leg when he fell into one of the holes. These events caused a growing social alarm among the residents of the town.
It is for all this, that the Research Area of the Civil Guard of Jávea, initiated the so-called Operation Trapa. Thanks to the investigations carried out by the agents, they were able to discover how after the theft of the traps, they were transported in a vehicle to a scrap metal warehouse located in an industrial estate in the neighboring town of Benissa.
As a result of the work of the Civil Guard, on March 25, the acting agents were able to surprise in flagrante the alleged perpetrator of the thefts, selling several traps at the metal recovery facility mentioned above. At which point the agents proceeded to arrest him and carry out an inspection of the establishment, finding 35 traps with the same characteristics and numerous irregularities in the registry books in this regard. Therefore, these were intervened, as well as the vehicle used in the theft.
Due to these facts, the detainee has been charged with a continuing crime of theft, while the scrap yard workers, because these people were allegedly acquiring the traps knowing that they could be stolen material, have proceeded to the imputation for a reception offense. In the case of these, a woman and a man, both Moldovans and another Romanian, all of them aged between 33 and 41 years.
After the instruction of the mandatory proceedings, the next day, March 26, the detainee is brought to justice, ordering his release with charges.
The seized traps were returned to the Jávea City Council. After subsequent investigations, the Civil Guard discovered how the remaining traps had been sent by the receivers to a foundry located in Valencia, which had already been cast.