Following a major investigation, the two Polish nationals were arrested on Sunday evening and charged with organised theft from charities’ containers of clothing and shoes, which were subsequently smuggled out of the country. Two more people remain at large and are being sought through the Polish authorities.
“We hope that with Sunday’s action we have put an end to the large-scale thefts that have plagued several charities for a period of time,” says Head of the Theft Section of copenhagen police, Police Commissioner Nicklas Stage Poulsen.
The two men, aged 26 and 27, were arrested in Roskilde immediately after emptying several clothing containers of bags of clothing. The arrest followed a major investigation with support from the South Zealand and Lolland-Falster Police and assistance from border control at øresund and in Gedser.
Investigators have been following the perpetrators for some time, linking them to a large number of thefts from collection containers. The perpetrators have been observed driving into the country several times on a Sunday, dealing exclusively with thefts for 24 hours before being driven out of the country with cars full of clothes. Two additional suspects who have been sighted earlier in the investigation are now being sought through the Polish authorities.
In Sunday’s action and in connection with the previous investigation, more than 4.8 tons of clothing worth approximately DKK 45,000 have been confiscated.