ATM scammers arrested; Bulgarians among suspects

ATM scammers arrested; Two Bulgarians among the suspects

by Zulfick Farzan 09-01-2023 | 2:20 PM

COLOMBO (News 1st) - Sri Lanka Police arrested five people in connection to hacking ATMs in Galle and stealing money.

Among the arrested are Bulgarians, and the arrests were made following investigations carried out by the Computer Crimes Division of Sri Lanka Police.

On Sunday (8) two men were arrested from the Havelock area in Colombo, and they are residents of Mount Lavinia and Negombo.

Interrogation of the suspects led to the arrest of one Bulgarian man, and the other was arrested when he was attempting to flee the country.

The second Bulgarian man was identified as the main suspect in the string of robberies, and he was arrested at the Katunayake Airport.

Sri Lanka Police also arrested the driver of the vehicle used to commit the crimes, from Pitigala. The vehicle was also seized.

The suspect stole Rs. 5.7 Million from ATMs in Baddegama, Rs. 4.8 Million from ATMs in Hikkaduwa, and Rs. 250,000/- from ATMs in Karapitiya.

The suspects are to be produced in court.