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Busted Bulgarians Bank Bandits in Bali

Five Bulgarian ATM Skimmers Busted in Night Time Raid by Police in South Bali

Five Bulgarian citizens involved in transnational crime have been arrested in a police raid in Pecatu, South Kuta on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 4:30 am. The five are part of a skimming ring stealing bank data from bank customers in Bali causing losses to Bank Mandiri in the hundreds of millions of Rupiah.

Beritabali.com lists the name of the five criminal suspects Ivalyo Filipov Trifonov (44), George Jordanov (47), Todor Krasimirov Dobrev (42), Andrey Iliev Peytchev (42) and Varadin Nikolaev Popov (29). A sixth suspect fled during the raid and is still being sought by police.

A spokesperson from the criminal division of the Bali Provincial Police Command, Commissioner Andi Fairan, said the raid and resulting arrests were made challenging due to the fact that police were operating with information from only one bank when, in fact, there were a number of ATMs from different banks involved. Fairnan commented: “Based on CCTV recordings in our possession, there was a perpetrator who took money using a wig and hat.”

Placing the ATM under surveillance for five days police were able to identify vehicles used by the criminals in robbing ATMs located in areas where no security guards are on duty. The information and continuing surveillance led to a raid on a roadside location near an ATM machine on Jalan Tirta Gangga, Pecatu in South Kuta on Sunday, February 3, 2019.

In a scene resembling an action movie, the five men tried to evade arrest by using their vehicle to run over a police officer involved in the raid. The Bulgarians then rammed a wall in a failed effort to make an escape as police fired warning shots and shot out the windows of the gang of thieves before the five men finally surrendered. Meanwhile, another man managed to flee the scene and remains the target of a police manhunt.

Inside the vehicle used by the men police discovered knives and other sharp weapons.

Later, police raided a residence used by one of the men - Vila Garden Uma D'Kampoeng located on Jalan Tirta Gangga. Pecatu Kuta. At that location police found a white ATM Card used to record the ATM numbers of bank customers, Rp. 788 million in cash, three laptops, 4 hand phones used to record the pin numbers of bank customers, wigs, hats, 2 blue “pin covers” used to skim ATM machines, a Internet routers, a hardisk and a backpack.

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