The Oulu Police Department is investigating a series of property crimes in which five men are suspected of committing aggravated theft between February and April in several places in Finland.
In addition to Oulu, Kemi, Tornio and Rovaniemi, the seized property is believed to have originated in Vantaa. Merchants are asked to check their inventory to find out about crimes. Citizens' perceptions of criminal events are also needed.
The Lapland police have carried out two separate searches of the men's apartment in Kemi and confiscated property on both occasions with a total value exceeding 10,000 euros.
Branded clothing was suitable for thieves.
The confiscated property has included expensive designer clothes and footwear, electronics such as cell phones, laptops, tablets, headphones, and other small items, all of which are suspected of being hijacked.
The men have been driving a white Volkswagen Passat vehicle that has been on Polish plates. They are known to have moved in Vantaa from 8 February to 29 March 2020 and also in Oulu, Kemi, Tornio and Rovaniemi from 29 March to 28 April 2020.
According to information received by the police, the men have entered the shops either individually or as a party. In the store, alarms have been removed from the products and they have been seized by putting the products inside clothes or in the backpacks that came with them.
Men are assumed to have sold or tried to sell products on social media sales pitches at a significantly lower price than what the selling price of the product is in circulation.
Indeed, police remind citizens to be vigilant when buying goods from online sales pitches. If the product is suspiciously low in value, the buyer's alarm bells should ring. A citizen may inadvertently buy stolen property and thus commit a crime of concealment or money laundering, for example.
Cell searches and tablets were also found during the home search.
If you suspect that the seized property is from your shop, contact the Oulu Police as soon as possible on 0295 465 829. An owner has been found for some of the property, but the police still have a lot of property whose owners are not known.
We also miss observations on criminal incidents and their timing. Findings can be reported to the Oulu Police tip number 0295 416 194 or to the tip email firstname.lastname@example.org
In connection with the investigation of the case, the police have four people detained.
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Goods that have been seized.