The Fuerza Pública detained 10 persons in actions Friday and Saturday and said that the individuals made up a robbery gang.
The Ministerio de Seguridad Pública said its intelligence department provided the information for the identifications and the arrests. Eight arrests were made in Palo Seco de Quepos and the rest in the vicinity of the Caribeño bus terminal in San José. Officers also said they located a vehicle in the capital that contained evidence of a robbery that had taken place a few hours earlier.
Robberies usually are staged by two or three individuals.
This is the first indication that the crime had been elevated to an organized effort.
Seven of the individuals arrested were Nicaraguans, and one was a Colombian who is the subject of a murder warrant in his home country, said police.
The Fuerza Pública usually is not involved in the investigation and arrests outside of crime scenes. Normally those duties are reserved for the Judicial Investigating Organization.