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Bulgaria: TV, Roma pickpockets live in luxury mansions

13 people were detained, investigations ongoing

05 June, 20:43

(ANSA) - SOFIA – The Bulgarian private TV Nova Televizia revealed in a special report that many bag snatchers and pickpockets of Roma ethnic origin live in mansions with gardens and drive luxury cars in town of Ignatievo, near the Black Sea.

In an interview, the deputy prime minister and Interior Minister Rumiana Bachvarova did not rule out the possibility that there is a "political umbrella" that protects their criminal activities.

After controls of the financial police and of the service for the fight against organized crime, 13 people were detained and investigations are ongoing on the source of financing of 10 luxury properties. (ANSA)

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