KOMPAS.com – Two Bulgarians identified by initials VBD, 38, and PPB, 41, were arrested on Saturday, October 2, in the Indonesian city of Pasuruan in East Java province after allegedly stealing money by using card skimmer devices from an ATM. As many as 29 customers have lost a total of 493 million rupiahs ($35,000).
VBD and PPB, who arrived in Indonesia last year, had previously lived in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. Still in the same year in November, from West Nusa Tenggara the duo then traveled to East Java, including Pasuruan, where they and other people allegedly used the skimming devices at the ATM. They placed the skimming equipment at the ATM in a busy area on Jalan Sultan Agung from July 26 to 31 this year.
They were later arrested by the police in the East Java capital of Surabaya on October 2, following reports filed by the victims.
Adjunct Senior Commissioner of Police (AKBP) Arman, Pasuruan police chief, said that other suspects are currently on the run.
“Their friends are still on the run,” said Arman in a statement on Tuesday, October 12.
“This is the first time the Pasuruan Police precinct uncovered ATM skimming fraud,” he added.
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Surya.co.id reported that Arman said the two Bulgarians had prepared to install the skimming equipment at any ATM they’ve seen.
“The two suspects placed the skimming devices at the ATM and installed a micro camera above the ATM keypad to obtain the identity of the ATM cardholders and their PIN,” he said.