Police Officers, Family Members Linked to Argentina Looting

Monday, 23 Dec 2013 09:30 AM

By Joel Himelfarb

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Authorities in Argentina say there are “conclusive” links between police and looters who struck local shops during riots in the northeastern city of Concordia earlier this month, leaving one person dead.
 
The investigation has thus far lead to more than 100 raids in which stolen goods were recovered, the Buenos Aires Herald reported Monday. Five Concordia houses where looted and electrical appliances and other items were apparently “warehoused” on sites belonging to relatives of striking police officers, investigators said.

Concordia officials are examining photographs along with 400 hours of film footage in an effort to determine which officers were involved in the looting there on Dec. 8 and Dec. 9, according to a report by the state-run news agency Telam cited by the Herald.

German Dri, a Concordia prosecutor, participated in a raid at a house belonging to the mother of a Concordia police sergeant, where they found what they suspect were items stolen from nearby businesses, including washing machines, a vacuum cleaner, tools, and an electric motor.

Meanwhile, in the northwestern province of Tucuman, 1,900 stolen items have been recovered and 70 people have been arrested in connection with looting that occurred there.

Eight of those arrested in Tucumen thus far were police officers.

Investigators are examining cell-phone and computer records belonging to suspects and their relatives in search of additional links between striking Tucuman police and looters.  

At least 10 people were killed and hundreds injured earlier this month after police across much of Argentina refused to go on patrol during a police strike demanding higher wages, RT.com reported.

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