Palma.—The Guardia Civil in Manacor claimed yesterday that they had dealt a serious blow to the sale of stolen jewelry and gold in Majorca after 14 teenagers were arrested in connection with a total of 55 house break-ins and robberies in rural Majorca. “Operation a thousand and one nights” was launched back in July of last year in response to a spate of robberies in the areas of Felanitx, Petra, Vilafranca, Calonge, Sant Llorenç, Son Servera and Arta.

But, it was not until earlier this month that the Guardia Civil investigating the case began discovering large amounts of jewelry and gold being fenced by two pawn shops which have since been raided and suspected stolen items confiscated along with nearly a kilo of gold.

These objects now lie in the possession of the Guardia Civil and owners are being asked to come forward and identify, and reclaim, their stolen goods.
According to the Guardia Civil, the gang was predominantly made up of teenage Moroccans and they used adults to pawn their stolen items.
It appears that the adults used to handle the stolen goods were also used to chauffeur the thieves around as they targeted empty houses.
As well as the 14 teenagers, two of which have already been admitted to the Es Pinaret juvenile detention centre, the owner of a Palma pawn shop and one of the adults used to pawn the stolen goods have also been arrested as the investigation continues.

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