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Gang on trial for targeting Gloucestershire ATM machines with cash trapping devices

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: May 20, 2014

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FOUR men are accused of being part of a gang that fixed scamming devices at ATM cash points around Gloucestershire, in a bid to steal cash.

Flavius Novac, Costel Procopkiuc, Amraz Hussain and Gheorghe Bechian are all alleged to have been targeting cash machines in Gloucester and Stow-on-the-Wold.

Gloucester Crown Court heard the men travelled down to the county and fitted the ATM’s with trapping devices.

All four deny conspiracy to steal between October 2011 and July 2012.

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Prosecutor Paul Cook told the jury there were many types of fraud when it came to cash points.

He said this case involved fitting the slot on the machine, where the money comes out of, with a sticking material.

It would mean naïve customers would insert their card and pin number, but their notes got stuck and never materialised.

He told the jury: “They were involved in the process where they would fit the devices and they were involved in the removal of them.

“They all had different roles in some of the cases.”

Mr Cook said Novac, 23, of no fixed abode and Procopkiuc, 23, of Whitchurch Gardens in Middlesex were fitting the devices, while Bechian, 35 of Alma Road in Banbury, Oxford, acted as a look out.

He told the jury Hussain, 29, of Cromwell Road, also in Banbury acted as the driver, but the gang often swapped jobs and were all aware of the scam.

He said a Barclays Bank machine on Bristol Road in Gloucester was targeted at least three times and others in the Co-op in Abbotswood Road, Brockworth and another in High Street in Stow-on-the-Wold.

He told the jury documents linking some of the members of the gang were found at their homes and telephone records showed they were often in Gloucestershire at the same time.

“The defendants say they did not know it was a conspiracy – they had no idea it was going on, while others will say they were not present and some will say that it is not them (on CCTV evidence).”

The trial continues.

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