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Lithuanian auto mafia blamed in luxury car thefts in Latvia

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Ints Kuzis

Expensive car thefts in Latvia are mainly organized by the Lithuanian auto mafia, while Lithuania has become a transit hub for stolen cars, recognized Ints Ķuzis, chief of the State Police Riga Region Department.

Vehicles stolen in Latvia are further transported to different directions, including to the East. Some of the main directions are Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, Ķuzis reveals to the newspaper Telegraf.

Similarly, there is a trend in stolen car schemes that the vehicle is stolen and its owner is then asked to redeem it. The Lithuanian auto mafia is also behind these crimes, reports the newspaper.

In the first half of 2011, the police received 435 applications on car theft. Volkswagen brand cars are mostly demanded among thieves. While overall 1 251 car thefts were registered last year.


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