Recovered Stolen Bitcoin Miners and Apprehended Suspect: A Major Breakthrough in Paraguayan Theft Case
The Paraguayan Theft and Subsequent Investigation
In April, a theft occurred in the Paraguayan province of Alto Paraná, which involved the burglary of 492 BTC miners from a farm. The manager of the farm was overpowered by the assailants, resulting in the successful execution of the crime. The incident sent shockwaves through the local community, leaving the authorities determined to bring the perpetrators to justice.
He Successful Raid by DAS
The Dirección Anti-Delitos Informáticos (DAS), the Paraguayan law enforcement agency specializing in cybercrime, initiated an extensive investigation following the theft. Their relentless efforts paid off when they executed a raid on a commercial property located in the town of Presidente Franco.
Recovery of Stolen Bitcoin Miners
During the raid, the DAS made a significant breakthrough, recovering 300 mining rigs from the targeted property. The retrieval of these valuable devices marks a critical step in the investigation, as it not only ensures the return of stolen property but also assists in unraveling the intricate details of the theft.
The remaining 192 mining rigs are still yet to be recovered.
Police said the theft had been carefully orchestrated and saw “about a dozen” hooded individuals attack the Alto Paraná farm before making off with the mining rigs.
The DAS claimed that the mining rigs had been connected to power outlets and the internet.
All 300 rigs were in “full operation,” the officers explained.
The DAS immediately proceeded to disconnect and confiscate the mining rigs.
The DAS stated that the man had been handed over to prosecutors.
Paraguay: A Draw for Bitcoin Miners?
Paraguay has become something of a crypto and BTC mining hotspot in recent years.
The nation’s surplus of hydroelectric power has attracted many miners in the past few years, particularly Asian pools looking to relocate from China.
Politicians in the nation have been trying to open the door to miners since 2021, but have faced opposition from the nation’s President.