Spike thefts. A recently popular method of thieves is to take advantage of the driver’s inattention, and earlier – to puncture a tire in his parked car. Police from Mokotów detained three suspects of similar thefts of Georgian citizens aged 27, 34 and 40. – They were caught walking around the cars parked on Idzikowskiego street and checking what was inside – said Robert Koniuszy, spokesman for the Mokotów police.
As Koniuszy informed, policemen patrolling the area of Idzikowskiego Street in Warsaw’s Mokotów district noticed three men hanging around by parked cars. – Their suspicious behavior gave the uniformed grounds for legitimacy. During this activity, they contacted the operational officers from the department dealing with the prosecution of crimes against property, who said that all three of them were suspected of thefts that took place in the last days of July this year at ul. Łukowa, Ostrobramska and Sandomierska, he pointed out.
The car has skewers, a syringe and a telescopic baton
The policemen searched the Audi the men were driving. “They found skewers, a syringe with a needle, probably used to pierce tires, a telescopic baton, handcuffs, pepper spray, several cell phones and jewelry,” said the spokesman. He added that all three of them were in police custody. The next day they heard allegations of two thefts, one of attempting to damage property by deliberately damaging the tires. At the request of the police and the prosecutor, the District Court for Warsaw-Mokotów applied a preventive measure in the form of a three-month arrest against all detainees. They face a sentence of up to five years in prison – summed up the policeman.
As Koniuszy pointed out, this is not the first case when police officers detain people who specialize in thefts with the use of the so-called “spike”.
What is the “spike?”
The spokesman also explained that the method is based on the fact that one of the group watches the victim who parks the car in the parking lot in front of the supermarket, the other perpetrator follows the suspect to the store and watches what he buys and pays at the checkout. The men inform each other about their findings. The third is sitting in the car they came with and is watching the whole situation. Later, he picks up two of his friends and follows a car with a damaged wheel. A moment earlier, a specially made spike is placed on the one that was next to the victim’s vehicle. – The spike is placed so that the car owner runs over it and punctures the tire. When the victim drives away and on the way, he realizes that his air is probably going out, he gets out of the car and checks if his wheel is punctured. He focuses all his attention on the fault, the spokesman explained.
At that time, he added, the suspects were following him. One of them gets out nearby and goes to the victim’s car. – Taking advantage of his inattention, he takes the bag from him, which most often lies on the front passenger seat. The bag usually contains a wallet with documents, money and ATM cards – Koniuszy pointed out.
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Main photo source: KSP