A team of Kerala Police officers will now leave for Kenya to bring Mariano to the state capital.

2016 Thiruvananthapuram ATM heist Absconding Romanian national arrested in Kenya
news Crime Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 07:41

A Romanian, part of a six-member gang broke into an ATM in the Kerala capital, has been picked up when he arrived at a Kenyan airport on Friday, police said.

The Kerala Police, which had sought the Interpol's help to issue a red corner notice for Alexandro Mariano, got information from Kenya that he has been arrested.

A team of Kerala Police officers will now leave for Kenya to bring Mariano to the state capital.

Last August, a gang of six Romanians tampered with an ATM of the State Bank of India, using duplicate ATM cards and withdrew Rs 2.50 lakh.

In a film style ATM robbery, 20 people had lost about Rs 4.5 lakhs in Thiruvananthapuram. The racket was busted after many people filed a complaint with the police, following messages they had received on their phone intimating them about transactions, which they had not carried out. 

Kerala police suspect three foreigners are allegedly involved in one of the biggest ATM frauds in Kerala.

The stateā€™s Special Investigation Team had obtained CCTV video from the SBI ATM at Althara Junction near Vellayambalam, where all the fraudulent transactions were carried out. The video showed three people attaching an electronic device at the ATM counter, enabling the fraudsters to collect the PIN code and card details.

Read: Three foreigners walked into a Kerala ATM, stole data and robbed hapless people

Soon after the theft came to light, police arrested two Romanians and were on the lookout for the rest of the gang, who were all identified from their passports, which they had submitted while checking into a hotel in Thiruvananthapuram.


(With IANS inputs)

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