According to the Civil Police, Fernando Dias Costa, 43, was the one who planned the robbery and drove the criminals to the store in the Capital. He was the leader of the gang and was arrested on August 23, in the São Diogo neighborhood, in Serra, Grande Vitória.
Fernando Dias Costa, 43, who is said to be responsible for planning a robbery at a store in Praia do Canto, in Vitória, on May 23. — Photo: Civil Police/Disclosure
Civil Police delegate Gabriel Monteiro said that the criminal is the mastermind of several other crimes as well.
“He had been co-opting other individuals, most of the time drug dealers, to commit these serious crimes that disturb both the population and traders”, said the delegate.
According to the Civil Police, the suspect will answer for robbery.
The attempted robbery at the cell phone store in Praia do Canto was shot and fought. Security cameras recorded the criminals’ actions.
The images show that a suspect in a striped shirt entered the establishment and spoke with an employee. Soon after, another criminal entered, armed, and announced the robbery.
A vigilante reacted and fought one of the robbers. While the two were fighting, a third criminal, who was on the street, shot at the glass door of the store.
After the shots hit the door, the robbers ran away shooting.
Video: attempted robbery at a cell phone store in Vitória has shots and fights
According to the Civil Police, the man who arrives later and shoots to kill the security guard is Matheus Pereira Machado, 27 years old.
Matheus died after robbing a cafeteria in Jacaraípe, in the Serra, and exchanging gunfire with a military policeman. In the robbery, a cook from the establishment was also shot and died.
Matheus Pereira Machado, 27, was the one who got into a physical fight with the security guard and shot the store. He died while carrying out a robbery at a cafeteria in Jacaraípe, in the Serra, on the night of August 18. — Photo: Civil Police/Disclosure
The man who shot at the store’s glass door is Rafael Henrique, 19, who is still at large.
Another criminal who, according to the police, is also on the run is Claiton dos Reis, the first to arrive at the cell phone store, wearing a striped shirt.
Rafael Henrique Alvarenga de Oliveira, 19, and Claiton dos Reis Chaver, 19, are fugitives. — Photo: Civil Police/Disclosure
The investigations also pointed out that all criminals, in addition to robbers, are drug dealers.
“This is a gang that was committing these violent robberies. In fact, in this robbery at Praia do Conto, the vigilante was not targeted by luck, because that was the intention”, said the delegate.
The gang is also investigated for two other robberies. Investigations concluded that they robbed stores to strengthen drug trafficking.
“It was an organized criminal association. It wasn’t a crime of opportunity. They planned in advance, studied the place, rented the car that would be used, and they were always armed, which caused a great fear in the merchants”, said Gabriel Monteiro.