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article image5 thieves arrested for 'cash trapping' at ATMs with forks (video)

By Anne Sewell     Oct 6, 2013 in Crime
Bogliasco - Five people were arrested recently in central and northern Italy for using fork-like devices to steal money from cash machines. The process is known as "reversal cash trapping."
Four men and one woman have been arrested for involvement in 35 separate incidents of alleged "reversal cash trapping" in Italy. Using a claw-like device, similar to a fork, they allegedly stole the cash from ATM machines in the Liguria, Marche, Tuscay and Venito regions of Italy.
These alleged criminals have come up with new and very successful methods.
Apparently the more "traditional" cash trapping occurs when an ATM withdrawal operates as normal and customers may even hear the cash being dispensed. However the cash is not actually ejected from the ATM because a criminal has used a small device to retain it.
Normally customers will then walk away from the machine assuming it is out of order. Once this happens, the criminal then approaches the machine and removes his device, along with the cash.
The new method, however, that was employed by the recently arrested five criminals, is known as "reversal cash trapping", and it allows thieves to steal up to ten times more cash straight from the ATM.
La Stampa (in Italian) reports that thieves insert a fork-like device which props open the cash-dispensing slots, thus allowing them to trap more than the amount selected by the customer.
The alleged criminals can then simply use their own cards, instead of relying on victims at the machine, to get the flow of cash going, by selecting a minimal amount, but ending up with as much as €2,000 at a time.
Now with the help of CCTV surveillance cameras, police have caught up with four men and one woman in Ventimiglia, Genoa, Bologna and Florence for using the scam.
Another woman is being investigated who, apparently along with her child, allegedly acted as a lookout while the thefts were taking place.
The whole investigation was started off after an incident in the town of Bogliasco in Genoa. CCTV footage above shows a man apparently employing the technique.
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