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How Romanian criminals continue to irritate western countries and killing interest in welcoming them in. This time they are accused in Finland for breaking fuel pumps

Sunday, 02 June 2013
In various countries in Western Europe, there is growing irritation with the Romanians and Bulgarians as they full heartedly join the EU in the coming months. Already now, they are too represented in various forms of crimes, from simple to complex ones.
In Finland, it has been realised that criminal gangs that have burgled dozens of self-service fuel pumps in southern Finland, half of them in the Kanta-Häme region are Bulgarians. One gang was caught in the act in the wee hours of Sunday morning when a civilian alerted police to the crime, reports Finnish broadcaster Yle.

The latest in the spate of criminal acts took place around 2.00 am Sunday morning, when a trio tried to violently forced open a self-service petrol pump in Ryttylä, Hausjärvi. A passerby noticed the men and alerted a nearby police patrol.

Yle continues to report that two of the miscreants disappeared into the nearby woods, but the passerby was able to direct police in the right direction and the men were caught. A third suspect was found hiding in a ditch. A police dog found the men’s tools stashed in a local field. A fourth man reportedly fled the scene in a grey Lancia with Bulgarian license plates.

Kanta-Häme police chief Ilkka Iivari said that the men apprehended at the scene of the crime were all Romanian. According to IIvari there had been dozens of similar fuel pump burglaries in different parts of southern Finland.

“The Romanian gang has expertly opened these machines. They have clearly specialised in this kind of hit and run gig. Some have only been attempts, but in other cases they have got away with money,” Iivari said.

In Britain, Romanians and Bulgarians have been associated with various from of thefts, which have made the British public very apprehensive about them. In Sweden there have been massive boat engine thefts among other tied to criminals from these countries. Such action as just shown in Finland will add to the resentment people already have for people from these countries.

In February, Hungarian gangs were suspected of fixing Finnish football matches. Then Hungarian police arrested a gang of match fixers who they claim tried to manipulate three games in Finland in 2011.
by Team

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