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Last of the vandals of ‘Maidan people’ exposition are caught by Latvian police

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULast week, officers of Latvian Riga Criminal Police managed to apprehend two remaining suspects in the case regarding the vandalism of the ‘Maidan people’ exposition in Riga.

On the night to 11 October, Latvians State Police received a call from a passer-by who reported witnessing two men vandalising the ‘Maidan people’ exposition set up in Riga. Although police arrived at the scene within two minutes after receiving the call, the men managed to disappear before the police got there.

A criminal process was launched shortly after. During investigation, police managed to find multiple videos from nearby surveillance cameras. Fragments from those videos depicted at least one of the vandals. Police then sent those fragments to social networks and media with a request to residents to help identify the men, as confirmed by police.

In parallel to public efforts, police also called in professionals from the Criminal Police department. Joint efforts helped narrow down the range of suspects to twelve possible people.

After a careful examination of facts, investigators managed to narrow it down to two suspects – 1982 and 1987-born Riga residents. It didn’t take long for the police to learn of their whereabouts. Both suspects were apprehended and searches were carried out in their homes.

Police managed to find multiple items that prove the suspects’ guilt in committing the aforementioned crime. At the end of the week, police requested the court to allow putting suspects under arrest. The court declined this request.

«Catching the two suspects was a matter of honour for us. We used department and Criminal Police resources to find them and our work resulted in successful apprehension of both of them. We would like to thank all officers who helped us track them down,» – Chief of Riga Criminal Police Department Andrejs Sozinovs comments the success of his colleagues.

Police add that organizers of the exposition had made violations as well – no security was provided to ensure the safety of exhibits.


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