Police seeks assistance of cyber and technical experts for understanding the technical method used by the fraudsters for committing the crime.
The Mumbai Police have arrested a Romanian national and two other persons who are suspected to be involved in the hi-tech ATM robbery committed in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Police had already released photos of the accused. A team of Kerala Police has left to Mumbai to take the Roman national into custody, a senior police official said. The Mumbai Police will first produce him before a court there and only then we will get him in custody said the police official.
A suspected electronic device was found to have been installed inside the ATM of a public sector bank at Althara junction at Vellayambalam. A team of senior police officials, including ADGP B Sandhya, Range IG Manoj Abraham and cyber and technical experts visited the ATM for carrying out further probe into this incident. They have gathered vital evidence from the ATM counter.
“We will seek the help of Interpol. We are collecting evidence now,” Sandhya said.
Several people have lost about Rs 4.5 lakhs in Thiruvananthapuram due to the ATM robbery. It is suspected that the electronic device at the ATM counter enabled the fraudsters to collect the secret pin code and card details. The device that was fixed above the ATM machine, had a micro camera and another device was placed in the card slot of the machine. According to the police, the micro camera might have helped in getting the ATM PINs.
City Police Commissioner G Sparjan Kumar said that police are trying to ascertain the whereabouts of the three persons, whose pictures had been retrieved from the CCTV, installed inside the ATM kiosk at Vellayambalam.
“We examined the visuals of the CCTV and got the pictures of three foreigners. We suspect that they had a hand in the ATM robbery,” he said.
“As many as 22 people have so far lodged complaints saying money was withdrawn from their account. As per the preliminary assessment, about Rs 4.5 lakh had been lost,” he said
An investigation carried out by the Kerala Police has found that three Romanians – Christine Victor, Mariyan Gabriel and Florin – were involved in the ATM burglary. The trio had come to India on June 25 and reached Kerala on July 8. They had arrived on tourist visas stayed in three luxurious hotels in the city. The three ventured out from the hotel in two-wheelers.
Police have seized from the hotel two scooters and three helmets, suspected to have been used by the trio.
The police officer said the support of cyber and technical experts was sought to understand the technical method used by the fraudsters to withdraw the money.