See Nigerian Couple Arrested In India For Stealing Money From ATMs

The Samata Nagar police on Tuesday, May 14, said it has arrested a
Nigerian couple who allegedly steal data and pin numbers of customers at
ATM’s in different locations by inserting a skimmer and micro cameras
in order to create clone cards of the data.

The police identified
the duo as Isaiah Ogunleye Seyi, 34, and Rosy Colin Warri, 37, both
residing in Nalasopara in the Palghar district, may be living illegally
in India as their passports couldn’t be found at their house.

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The
incident came to light when the YES bank branch at the Chennai head
office received a number of complaints about the ‘Yes bank’ ATM centre
that is situated in Thakur village in Kandivali East. When the bank
official checked the skimmer machine, a micro camera was found installed
in the ATM.

A complaint was immediately filed at the local Samta Nagar police station by the bank authorities.

“They
had placed a skimmer and micro-camera at a Yes Bank ATM kiosk in Thakur
village. After a customer approached police claiming that he had seen a
skimmer attached to the ATM, we started investigations,” said senior
inspector Raju Kasbe, Samta Nagar police station.

They began to
lay a trap and were waiting for hours outside the ATM centre. On May 12,
2019, they achieved success as they managed to catch the suspect, who
returned back in order to take the skimmer machine and the micro camera.

The
police formed four teams and posted them outside the ATM kiosk. Two
cops, dressed as guards, took charge of the kiosk and stood at the door,
while the others stayed not too far in civvies. Around 2am on Sunday,
Seyi walked into the kiosk. Minutes later, he stepped out looking
confused and as the police closed in, he tried to flee in an auto. When
the police followed him, he jumped out of the auto and tried to flee on
foot. Cops nabbed him after a kilometre-long chase.

“We chased him down after he had run over a kilometre” he added.

Seyi told the police about the involvement of his girlfriend, who too was arrested.
During
their interrogation, it was revealed that Seyi came to Mumbai on a
business visa while Colin had visited the city in order to undergo some
treatments.

The couple was booked under provisions of IPC for
cheating, besides the Information Technology Act. The police said the
couple initially refused to cooperate.

“They said they could not
speak Hindi or English. We even got an interpretor,” said senior
inspector Kasbe. The duo also pretended they had nothing to do with the
crime.

The police have recovered two mobiles, three inoperative
debit cards for cloning, a skimmer and a microcam. Bank officials told
the police that data of at least 25 customers had been stolen.

“We
are probing if the couple has been booked for similar crimes in the
past. They have been sent to police custody till May 17.” said the
official.

It was under the guidance of Zone XII DCP, Vinay Kumar
Rathod, Senior Inspector Raju Kasbe of Samta Nagar police station and
detection officers API Shirdram Maitre, API Nitin Andhade, Sachin Dhobi
Shivalkar, Rohan Gaikwad, Gautam Torane, Sanjay More, Vijay Suryawansi,
Abhimanyu Gaya, Rajendra Dalve who also played a key role in getting
hold of the accused and exposing them.

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