Mining equipment thieves detained in Irkutsk

The owner of a car repair shop contacted the Irkutsk police at the end of December 2023.. The complainant said that someone had stolen equipment for mining virtual assets from his workshop.

After the identities of the suspects were established, operational search activities began. On Tuesday, February 26, police tried to detain two suspects, 35 and 37-year-old residents of Irkutsk. But they tried to escape in a Honda Civic.. A real little storm has unfolded on the streets of the city, law enforcement officers say.

The suspects were caught up near the airport and the exit from the city, when the driver lost control and the car skidded to the side of the road. Patrol inspectors found four installations for mining cryptocurrencies inside the car.. During interrogation, the detainees admitted that they stole the equipment for personal gain.. The police claim that the detainees were previously tried “for crimes of a property nature.”

The men were involved in several more recent cases of theft of mining equipment in Irkutsk, law enforcement officers insist. The damage from the crime amounted to more than a million rubles. A criminal case has been opened and an investigation is underway.

Earlier, Irkutsk police announced that in the village of Zalari they discovered a crypto farm in an unfinished private house, illegally connected to the electrical grid.