Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Six nabbed as cops bust ATM ring

Police have crippled the notorious automated teller machine (ATM) syndicate with the arrest of six suspects.

State police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said the male suspects, aged between 15 and 35, were arrested in Kampung Ban Foo, Ulu Tiram, at around 10am on Oct 17.

He said police discovered a tow truck used to cart away the ATMs, five ATMs, two parang and a bag containing six rolls of champ belts used to drag the machines out during a raid.

“The gang has been involved in 27 ATM theft cases in Johor, Malacca and Negri Sembilan for the past three months. All in all, they have carted away about RM2mil,” SDCP Mohd Mokhtar said in a press conference here yesterday.

He said the suspects dumped the five ATMs in a discarded pool at the village and even burnt the truck used to transport the machines to the village to cover their tracks.

“We are not stupid. Our men have ways of tracking these criminals and I’m warning them that we are not resting on our laurels despite our success in crippling the syndicate,” he added.

SDCP Mohd Mokhtar said that high on the police wanted list was the mastermind of the ATM gang.

Police are also looking for Marie Subramaniam, 36, with the last known address at 21, Jalan Mutiara 3, Taman Gunung Emas, Ulu Tiram, to help in investigations. Members of the public are urged to come forward if they have any information.


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