The Public Prosecution Service has demanded up to six years in prison against a group of men who allegedly stole expensive cars on a large scale in a criminal organization. Five, according to the Public Prosecution Service, ‘professional car thieves’ were on trial in the court in Maastricht on Monday.
They all come from Parkstad (Heerlen, Kerkrade and surroundings) and are 22 to 30 years old.
They are suspected of car thefts in the expensive price range, such as BMW, Audi and VW. The thefts mostly took place in Germany.
After the thefts, the cars were taken to garages and sheds to be “coldened”. The cars were usually stripped and the parts resold.
Much of the evidence relies on Encrochat messages hacked by police in 2020.
Two of the five suspects were also tried two years ago for stealing expensive cars. That was in the case of the so-called “Parkstad Gang”. One of the suspects in that case is said to have been involved in supplying a car that was used in the liquidation of lawyer Derk Wiersum in 2019.
The Public Prosecution Service states that both suspects have continued as normal since the June 2018 verdict. According to the public prosecutor, one of the suspects continued to direct others from his cell.
Two of the five suspects were also involved in narcotics trafficking.
The public prosecutor:
The suspects explore and scour the internet. They also collect addresses and pass them on to the eventual stealers. Sometimes four addresses per night. Your own initiative is also rewarded: if you come across another ‘cannon’ along the way, you take it too.
The sentences demanded against the alleged leaders of the gang of suspects range from forty months to more than six years in prison. The Public Prosecution Service also demanded fines of 20,000 euros to 50,000 euros.
Only suspended sentences have been demanded against the perpetrators of the thefts.