Thursday, November 2, Le Télégramme published an article highlighting a series of thefts from trailers committed in recent months on construction sites located in the city center. The construction workers recounted their anger there, faced with the multiplication of thefts or attempted thefts committed on their vans, by individuals taking away everything they could get their hands on.
24 complaints collected
The phenomenon would be visibly older, according to Commissioner Fabien Ponsin, head of departmental security in Brest. “We were carrying out a comprehensive survey of 24 thefts of this type carried out since last July. The authors opened the van doors, forcing the lock when necessary, to take equipment or wallets, electronic cigarettes, telephones… ”.
In several cases, bank cards had been stolen. “And each time, they had been used very quickly after the flight, without contact. The videotapes of the businesses where these bank cards had been used were therefore systematically seized. This made it possible to identify two individuals, one of which appeared on all the tapes ”.
Filmed in action in Lambé
Both individuals had since been the subject of active research. Without result… until Thursday morning. The witness of a theft from a trailer in a construction van, committed around 10:30 a.m. in Lambézellec, immediately alerted the police, while filming the scene with his smartphone. One of the two faces appearing on the screen was indeed that of the main suspect wanted.
The two individuals were quickly arrested: they were in possession of a wallet and a kit of equipment stolen a few minutes earlier, as well as a phone stolen on September 24, on a construction truck. Placed in police custody, both claim to be born in 1995, one in Morocco, the other in Libya, and to be homeless. Their identities remain to be verified.
Other complaints expected
The property damage unit, which was piloting this investigation, suspects them of being the perpetrators of 25 thefts committed between last July and December 2 on construction vehicles, but also of the concealment of the theft of a telephone and ‘a two-wheeler, as well as the fraudulent use, on 61 occasions, of means of payment (stolen bank cards). This Thursday evening, their custody was to be extended by 24 hours.
At the same time, the police investigation is continuing, in order to identify other perpetrators, but also other facts. “We contacted the Federation du BTP du Finistère, because we know that many thefts have not been the subject of complaints. The Federation will encourage its members to report the facts of which they would have been victims ”, specifies Commissioner Ponsin.
Craftsmen and workers who have allegedly been victims of similar thefts are invited to contact the investigators of the property damage unit at the Colbert police station (02 21 09 53 60).
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