PHUKET – Three Bulgarian Nationals have been arrested in Phuket for producing and using fake ATM cards and withdrawing about 170,000 baht from victims’ accounts in Phuket province.
Phuket Police reported that Slavchev Tsvetozargev, 44, Nlk Valntinguenadiev, 42, and Yanev Tsvetannetorov, 42 will be held without bail until court proceedings.
The Bangkok Post reported that the Phuket police said detectives and informants were deployed near ATMs in Phuket and they found Mr Tsvetozargev withdraw money from a Bangkok Bank ATM in front of a Super Cheap convenience store near Karon beach. The suspect made seven 10,000-baht withdrawals.
At an ATM in front of a FamilyMart convenience store near Banthai Hotel close to Patong beach, Mr Valntinguenadiev withdrew about 100,000 baht.
Mr Tsvetannetorov was arrested at another ATM in front of a 7-Eleven convenience store near Karon-Kata beach. The suspect admitted that he had installed a skimmer at the ATM to record the data of victims’ ATM cards for the forgery.
Local police are interrogating the three foreign suspects to expand their suppression of fake ATM crime in the resort island. A press conference will be held on Sunday for more details about the gang.