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Romanians sought in Europe-wide electronics heists nabbed with help of Hungary police

Four Romanian nationals suspected of stealing high-value electronics from stores across Europe were arrested in an international operation after being identified by police in Zala County, in western Hungary.

The four men robbed an electronics store in Zalaegerszeg in October 2021 by tearing down its back wall, taking with them around 38 million forints (EUR 95,510) worth of mobile phones, tablets, smart watches and headphones, Marton Vincze of the Zala County police told a news conference on Thursday.

The suspects were caught on surveillance cameras buying the tools they would use to break into the Zalaegerszeg store in Siofok, in south-western Hungary.

Investigators determined that the suspects had arrived in Hungary from Austria on the day they purchased their tools.

After robbing the Zalaegerszeg store they left Hungary for Romania. Zala County police were able to identify the suspects after reaching out to the authorities of several European countries, discovering that they were wanted for similar break-ins in France, Germany, Austria, Czechia and Slovakia.

Izabella Karmazsin Sragli of the Zala County police headquarters said representatives of the Hungarian, Romanian and other European authorities met in The Hague last April after the four men were identified.

They were arrested in a series of raids in Romania on Dec. 6 under a European arrest warrant with the help of Zala County police, she said.

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