Two men charged after ATM thefts

12 Oct 2016 11:45 AM

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Two men have been charged in connection with a number of cash machine fraud offences in Gateshead.

Earlier this year police issued warnings after a number of cash machines in Gateshead town centre were found with skimming devices on them.

The devices were found by officers secured over the original reader slots of the machines, meaning that unsuspecting members of the public would put their card in and type in the PIN number as normal, but when it came to collect their card and cash the card would appear trapped inside the machine and the screen would then show ‘out of order’. 

Recording devices were also found attached with magnets to the upper fascia of the machine, directly above the keypad, recording the PIN codes being typed in. 

Detectives carried out a full investigation into the offences and identified a vehicle linked to the people thought to be responsible.

Details of that vehicle were circulated country-wide and on Saturday, October 8, it was sighted and stopped by police in Nottinghamshire.

Two men were arrested and a number of skimming like devices were found inside the vehicle.

They were charged with offences relating to the Nottinghamshire area then transferred to Northumbria for questioning.

Marius Gigel Tudor, 36, and Stelian Marian Catanescu, 40, both of no fixed abode (but originally from Romania) were then charged with three counts of theft. 

They will both appear at South Tyneside Magistrates court on Wednesday, October 12.

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