Police in Fortaleza, Brazil, Investigate Members of Prominent Bank Robber Gang

Posted on March 31, 2013 • Filed under: Brazil, Organized Crime, Police/Military Activity

On March 31, 2013, Diário do Nordeste reported that police in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza are investigating a gang of bank robbers after arresting the head of the gang. Police arrested Antônio Carlos dos Santos, the “Tornado”, earlier this week as part of a local intelligence operation. “Tornado” has a long list of crimes dating back 14 years, and the report states that he has fled from many attempts at his arrest, as well as found ways to escape prison. Police now seek his associates, most notably Paulo Ivan Vieira Coutinho, believed to be the crime boss’ chief confidant.  Read Article

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