Police officers of the Irkutsk region reported about the capture of five residents of Usolye-Sibirskoye, who committed several thefts of mining equipment in Irkutsk for a total of 2 million rubles.
The case was solved quickly enough – several statements about the theft of ASIC miners were received by the police in May. The case was worked on by employees of the operational-detective department of the criminal investigation department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia “Irkutskoye”, officers of the police department No. 5, as well as the police department No. 3 of the city administration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Fighters of the SOBR of the Russian Guard took part in the arrest.
It is known that five criminals stole cryptocurrency mining devices from an office on Pionersky Lane, and also stole equipment from the balcony of a residential building in Irkutsk. At the same time, there were no witnesses – thefts were committed at night.
Investigators had to “work out” persons who had previously been involved in theft of property. In addition, the police examined a variety of surveillance footage located near the crime scenes.
As a result, it was possible to reach five residents of Usolye-Sibirskoye aged 20 to 26 years. Some of the stolen equipment was found in the garage of one of the suspects, and about 20 more devices were seized during a search from the buyer of the stolen miners. The total damage caused by the group is estimated at 2 million rubles.
The investigators opened a case under Part 3 of Article 158 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (theft committed on an especially large scale). Under this article, suspects can face up to six years in prison. There is an option and a fine, but given the previous convictions of the suspects, such a sentence is unlikely.
At the end of 2019, police from the Smolensk region illegally confiscated and appropriated mining equipment worth 40 million rubles. Subsequently, the former police officers were sentenced to 5 years in prison each.