Val d’Oise.  Car smuggling: Stolen Peugeot 3008 and 5008 were resold in Africa.

Val d’Oise. Car smuggling: Stolen Peugeot 3008 and 5008 were resold in Africa.

The criminals were targeting Peugeot 3008 and 5008. They are suspected of committing about ten robberies or attempted robberies in Val-d’Oise, Yvelines and Hauts-de-Seine. (©©Illustration/Wikimedia commons)

They specialized in stealing Peugeot 3008 and 5008. Vehicles passing through Europe before being shipped to Africa. At the beginning of the week, six people, three teenagers and three children, were arrested Val d’Oisemefat and Seine-Saint-Denis. They are suspected of stealing or attempting to steal several SUVs from the Lion brand in Île-de-France.

Two flights to the Fosses and the Louvres

The trial begins following the two thefts of a Peugeot 3008 on June 8, 2022 Holes and for Louvres (Val d’Oise). Together they arrested the case, the investigators of detection and containment group of the Versailles Research Section (Yvelines) and the gendarmes of The Louvres and Fosses area brigade quickly identify a 17-year-old suspected of playing the role of receiver.

Continuing the investigation, the policemen revealed a traffic jam of stolen cars. Several complaints of theft of 3008 and 5008 have been identified in Val-d’Oise, but also in Yvelines and Hauts-de-Seine. By bringing them together, investigators find that the modus operandi is similar.

It is shipped through Belgium and Germany

Having found their targets, the criminals took action in the middle of the night “in a coordinated manner, each with a specific mission”, reveals the Versailles Research Unit. One of the men was responsible for opening the SUVs by forcing the door open with a screwdriver. His assistant started the car using computer equipment that also allowed him to program a key that matched the owner’s.

The two then gave way to drivers, called “chauff”, who came to pick up the SUVs and then take them to Belgium or Germany. These were resold and shipped in containers by boat to Africa.

Several facts in six weeks

The investigation by the gendarmes made it possible to associate with this team made up of young people accompanied by minors, coming from Val-d’Oise and Seine-Saint-Denis, several robberies or attempted robberies carried out in the space of six weeks.

Six thieves and receivers having been identified, a wave of arrests took place on Tuesday July 19, 2022. Four suspects were arrested, two others, who were not at home during the operation, will be arrested the next day in Oise hiding in their friend’s house.

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During the search, the investigators got their hands on the information devices, especially the OBD sockets, which connect the cars to their diagnostic cases, and above all allow the key software to start the cars. In this event, the gendarmes also seized the keys ready to be encoded, as well as the screwdriver used to force the doors.


At the end of their police custody, the three adults were immediately brought before the Pontoise Criminal Court on Thursday July 21, 2022. The case was adjourned until Monday August 22, 2022, one of the accused was remanded pending. an experiment. Judicial review was sought against two other defendants.

The judicial review that the three children who will be sentenced on October 17, 2022 must also answer.

This case is evidence of an important police-led war against car-trafficking in organized gangs. Since 2020, the detection and detention group of the Versailles Research Unit (Yvelines) has solved ten cases resulting in 52 arrests and twenty sentences up to prison terms.

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