VIDEO: 9 stolen cars worth a million euros found in the Canary Islands
The Customs Surveillance team and the Guardia Civil based in the Port of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, have discovered nine luxury vehicles, worth almost a million euros, inside shipping containers that have been stolen in Denmark and were due to be exported to various ports in Africa.
In a joint statement, both entities have explained that an investigation was opened after they were tipped off about the possible existence of stolen vehicles being transported in containers from mainland Europe to the Canaries, with the intention of exporting them from the customs territory of the European Union to the African continent.
For this reason, an operation was launched in which several different containers were opened and physically examined, locating a total of nine vehicles (mostly Lexus) that had not been declared in the corresponding customs documentation in the process.
Meanwhile, through the chassis numbers of each vehicle, it was possible to determine that all of them were listed as stolen in different parts of Denmark, and that they had been reported missing between June and August of this year.
After the discovery, procedures have been started for the return of the vehicles to their legitimate owners, and the authorities are now tracking the people involved in stealing and exporting them.
Between 2019 and 2020, the Tax Agency and the Guardia Civil have intercepted up to 35 vehicles stolen in different parts of Europe, when the containers carrying them have made a stopover in Gran Canaria, which is the last port of the EU customs territory and also very close to Africa.
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