Sverdlovsk Region police officers detain skimmers with 6.3m RUR in cash

17 December 2013 (09:41)

December 17, 2013. Officers from Division K of Sverdlovsk Region division of the Russian Internal Affairs Ministry detained the members of an organized crime group that stole cash from ATMs using the copies of bank card details that had been obtained with special devices,’ Sverdlovsk Region division of the Russian Internal Affairs Ministry’s press service reports.

The two suspects were detained at 11:50 PM on December 5. A search of their car detected they had some white plastic cards without any details on them, with a magnetic strip and some digits put there with a marker. Over 700,000 RUR in cash were also found in the car. Following this, the police detained the alleged head of the group, whose car contained 5.6m RUR in cash, a device for programming the magnetic strips of bank cards, some computer devices, skimming devices, and over 100 fake bank cards.

Criminal action was taken on the basis of these findings, with charges based on Article 158 (part 3) of the Russian Federation Criminal Code (Large-scale theft). The alleged skimmers were placed under arrest upon the ruling of Yekaterinburg Leninsky District court. At the moment, the victims of the crime group are being determined.

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