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MOSCOW, July 8 (Itar-Tass) - The members of the organized criminal group, who are suspected of several armed attacks on jewellery shops, were detained by the operatives of the main criminal search department of the Russian Interior Ministry jointly with their fellow operatives from Moscow, St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod, the press centre of the Russian Interior Ministry told Itar-Tass on Monday.
The criminal group was made of the comers from the Transcaucasia and acted in the Central, North-Western and Volga Federal Districts.
The roles of its members were divided beforehand, a source in the Interior Ministry said. The firearms were used in the crimes. The members of the gang were acting in conspiracy, changed the communication devices and residence places frequently. According to available reports, the criminals committed over ten armed attacks in St. Petersburg alone.
“During the search operation in the Central Administrative District of Moscow the gangsters were detained. They turned out to be the comers from the Transcaucasia aged from 25 to 29 years and a 26-year-old woman from St. Petersburg,” the source said.
In the detention a Makarov pistol was confiscated from them, 1.5 kilograms of jewellery items with the marks of the shops, where the armed shopliftings were committed, were found at their residence places. The measures aimed at finding additional episodes of the criminal activity of the suspects are being taken.