Jakarta Police in Search for Card Supplier to ATM Thieves

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Jakarta Metro Police are pursuing the people who have been supplying bank cards to the men caught stealing money from ATMs. The police have arrested three men, from whom they confiscated dozens of ATM cards. 

    "They bought unused ATM cards from friends. They have cards from many banks," Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus said on Thursday, January 28. 

    The three suspects arrested by the police are WI—a repeat offender of similar crimes, JS, and IN. WI's role is to place toothpicks on ATM card slots to make the cards stuck and swap victims' cards with theirs. JS's role is to take a look at victims' PINs, while IN's job is to distract the victim. Once they got hold of the victims' ATM cards, they withdraw cash.   

    On January 25, the police caught the suspects red-handed at an ATM in Duren Sawit.

    They said they have committed the crime in six different areas in Jakarta and Bekasi. So far, the police have received reports from two victims, who had Rp70 million and RP20 million, respectively, stolen from their accounts. 

    The suspects are being charged with theft and facing up to seven years in prison.  

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