As reported by Censor.NET citing local law enforcement officials, the crime ring consisted of four natives of the Odesa region. The gang leader was a 42-year-old member of a village council. The perpetrators were engaged in criminal activities in the territory of the Vinnytsia and Khmelnytskyi regions.
The criminals committed five robberies totaling nearly 5 million hryvnia between March and August. Valuables stolen from jewelry stores in the cities of Starokostiantyniv (the Khmelnytskyi region) and Nemyriv (the Vinnytsia region) account for major part of that amount - about 4.5 million hryvnia.
The members of the organized crime ring were apprehended after their visit to the town of Horodok (the Khmelnytskyi region) where they penetrated a shopping center to robbed three stores there. They took cosmetics worth almost 50,000 hryvnia from one of the stores, lingerie worth 123,000 hryvnia from the other. The damage inflicted to the third store amounted to several thousand hryvnia. The intruders were detained not far from the town of Yarmolyntsi.
All of the suspects have criminal records.
The criminal proceedings were initiated under part 5 of the article 185 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (large-scale theft) stipulating from 7 to 12 years in prison with confiscation of property.