Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes and BMW: A ring gang in the Ravensburg district has stolen and resold a total of 27 luxury cars worth 1.7 million euros since 2019. The group, with more than 12 members, also traded drugs for high level, including marijuana, hashish and cocaine. As the Ravensburg public prosecutor’s office and the relevant police headquarters jointly announce, investigators have now tracked down the gang.
The fencing team is the German-Serbian team. He is currently suspected of having been dealing in luxury cars since at least March 2019. The 27 cars are said to have been stolen, stolen and fraudulently acquired in Germany and other European countries.
Kripo became aware of the group in 2021
At the beginning of 2021, the criminal police of Friedrichshafen became aware of a criminal group after a member allegedly tried to seize a stolen Audi with a new Ravensburger registration in Stuttgart. Because of this incident, investigators came to the conclusion that an organized group was behind the crime – which was also behind many other crimes.
The secret investigation and surveillance of the group was carried out for more than a year under the direction of the Ravensburg public prosecutor’s office. According to the announcement, the officers are also working with authorities from other European countries, including Serbia and Sweden.
Luxury cars are professionally used before being sold
During the investigation, it was suspected that the group of criminals stole the high-quality cars and then sold them all over Europe. Before being sold, the luxury cars were technically manipulated: new identification numbers were attached and they were often registered in Ravensburg using forged documents.
According to the public prosecutor’s office and the police, the cars were mostly stored in garages in Weingarten and nearby areas until they were sold. The value of the cars is estimated to be more than 1.7 million euros. Meanwhile, investigators have been able to find some Ferrari, Porsche and Mercedes cars in Germany, Sweden, Slovenia and Serbia.
600 pounds of marijuana, 40 pounds of hashish, ten pounds of cocaine
In the investigation, there were also other allegations against the group of thieves: Several members of the gang are said to trade not only cars with other suspects, but also narcotics on a large scale – including more than 280 kilograms of marijuana. , 18 kilos of hashish and five kilos of cocaine.
The drugs were delivered in the Ravensburg area between October 2019 and December 2022 and, like the luxury cars, were also stored in a garage in the Weingarten area. Most of the drugs at that time were resold in Upper Swabia and in the Allgäu.
Four suspects have been arrested
During a search of several apartments and garages in Weingarten and Ravensburg in December, investigators were able to find around 25 kilograms of cannabis, around a kilogram of hashish and 36,000 euros in cash. They were also able to arrest four men between the ages of 35 and 38 in connection with this. They have been in custody since then.
The suspects are, on the one hand, a 38-year-old man who lived in Ravensburg until he was arrested. He is suspected of having a major role in the fence gang and also ordering all the narcotic drugs and coordinating the delivery of the drugs. A 37-year-old man is also suspected of being part of a criminal gang and trading marijuana, hashish and cocaine with the 38-year-old man.
Another 38-year-old from Allgäu is suspected of taking large amounts of drugs from the 38-year-old from Ravensburg and his accomplices and then selling them to his clients. A 35-year-old man is also one of the suspects. The public prosecutor accuses him of delivering marijuana and hashish to the 38-year-old from Ravensburg and his accomplices in several cases.
The public prosecutor has filed charges in the district court
At the end of March 2023, the public prosecutor’s office brought charges against the four suspects in the Regional Court of Ravensburg – among other things, for illegal drug trade in several cases and on the other hand for gang and gang theft products and fake business. of the document. The investigation of the other 20 suspects is ongoing. Of those, 18 are suspected of being part of a fence gang. Some people are being investigated for involvement in narcotics offences.