Police detain two Russians for stealing cash from ATMs

Police in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa have arrested two Russian men for using fake bank cards to steal money from many ATMs.

Police officers on October 27 night detained Troian Aleksei, 32, after catching the foreign man red-handed using a bogus ATM card to withdraw money at a branch of the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) on Ngo Gia Tu Street in Nha Trang City, which is the provincial capital.

They then found Aleksei carrying 14 ATM cards and VND24 million along, and then collected 216 ATM cards, VND61 million and over US$1,200 following a search at the hotel where the Russian man was staying.

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Troian Aleksei is seen at a police station in Nha Trang City.
Photo: Tuoi Tre

Initially, Aleksei confessed to using those fake ATMs card to withdraw money from BIDV and Techcombank, another Vietnamese lender.

On that same night, Khanh Hoa police apprehended Kotets Viacheslav, 29, for stealing cash from many ATMs on October 26-27.

Police said they seized 25 ATM cards, over 15,900 euros and nearly VND25 million from Viacheslav.

According to news website VnExpress, Aleksei told police that Viacheslav was his accomplice, and they had entered Vietnam recently to steal money from ATMs using counterfeit bank cards supplied by a foreign man who would receive half of the cash they had plundered.

Aleksei told officers the two men had withdrawn hundreds of millions of Vietnamese dong with those counterfeit cards, the newswire reported.

Police have launched a further investigation into the case.