Key details on the ethnicity of the gang:
Most of those arrested, including a woman thought to be the gang’s leader, were from Albania. …
The operation has led to the resolution of 764 reported thefts of wallets, mobile phones, tablets and other valuables, but police say most of the stolen goods have since been sold or taken to Albania.
The audacity and creativity of a pickpocket gang who worked shifts, employed teams of runners and made tourists their exclusive prey has been revealed by one of the most successful crackdowns to date on street crime in Greece.
Pickpocketing may flourish in tourist havens, but in Athens, where visitor numbers are booming, thieves appear to have been on a roll. With takings in excess of €3,500 (£3,100) a day, pickpockets posing as holidaymakers built a criminal network of unprecedented scale, “working” the public transport system for the best part of a decade.
Nikos Toskas, the alternate minister of public order and citizen protection, told the Guardian: “Police are telling us that since the arrests, there have been much fewer cases on metro, train and bus lines. This has long been a problem and we have taken a big step forward in tackling it.”
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Greece crime immigration
Greece (GR) is estimated to have a population of 10.9 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of -0.4% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will decrease by 0.2 million.