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Carjackers try to rob OIJ agents' car, get busted instead

A group of car alleged thieves picked the wrong car to rip off Monday morning when they tried to carjack the vehicle of two agents of the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ), according to a report by the same agency.

The botched heist went down in the Dos Cercas de Desamparados where, according to the OIJ report, a group of men carrying guns approached a vehicle in the process of parking in a lot with the apparent intention of making off with the vehicle. The two OIJ agents inside the car called for backup and then arrested the men who, the report said, had not realized who exactly they were trying to rob.

Despite a request from the Public Prosecutor’s office for six months of preventative prison, a penal court allowed the suspects to remain free, while the case is pending. The suspects wore camouflage and were carrying weapons when arrested, but the penal court said the they only “tapped on the window” of the car, which was not suspicious enough activity to result in preventative prison, according to the daily La Nación.

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