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Cash machine thief jailed after stealing £23,000 from Nottingham ATMs

A prolific thief who stole over £23,000 by tampering with cash machines across Nottinghamshire has been jailed.

Marius Raducan installed cash trapping devices inside cashpoints to prevent the machines dispensing customers’ cash.

When customers walked away empty handed, he returned and forced open the cash shutter. He then used a hook to grab the internal belt and steal the cash that had become trapped within the machine.

Nottingham Crown Court heard he was linked to over 300 offences at various Tesco stores between November 2020 and March 2021, with many taking place at the Express branch in Hucknall Road in Carrington.

The loss to Tesco Bank was calculated at £23,245 in stolen cash and £19,267.20 in engineer visits to fix the cash machines. Police examined hours of CCTV footage and identified Raducan committing the offences all around Nottinghamshire and further afield.

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Raducan was arrested when a warrant was executed at his home address on 16 March. During the search, banks cards that linked him to the offences were found in his wallet and a card trapping device was found in his car.

Prior to these thefts, Raducan worked with his cousin Ovidiu Raducanu on another cash machines scam. The pair pocketed over £1,000 last September by tampering with a cash machine at TSB Bank in Eastwood. They installed equipment that trapped bank cards and a hidden camera that filmed customers entering their pin numbers.

The cousins would later retrieve the bank cards and use the pin numbers to withdraw cash and make purchases at various stores.

Police worked closely with TSB Bank and enquiries led to officers tracking a black Volkswagen in connection with the investigation. A card trapping device and small camera were found inside the car when it was stopped by police and the two cousins were arrested.

At court, Marius Raducan, 26, of Roseta Road, New Basford, pleaded guilty to theft, conspiracy to commit fraud, possession of articles to commit fraud and possession of a controlled class B drug. He was jailed for two years at a sentencing hearing yesterday (12 July).

Meanwhile, Ovidiu Raducanu, 36, of Hazelwood Road, Radford, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud and possession of articles for use in fraud along with other offences outside of Nottinghamshire.  He was jailed for four years and ten months after appearing at the Central Criminal Court in London on 17 June.

Police Constable Phil Eddy, of Nottinghamshire Police, led the investigation. He said: “The sentences given to Raducan and Raducanu are a clear demonstration that this type of crime will not be tolerated.

“These cash machines provide an essential service to local communities and many were out of use for extended periods of time whilst repairs were made.

“This has been an extensive investigation, supported by companies affected by these crimes, with many lines of enquiry progressed to ensure these offenders face the consequences of their actions.

“I would like to thank everyone who played a role in securing a successful outcome for this case.”

PC Eddy urged people to contact police if they suspect they have become a victim of a cash point scam.

He said: “Many people will withdraw small amounts of money and walk away thinking it is a fault with the machine.

“We would like the public to be vigilant. If your card is retained by a cash machine for whatever reason then report this to your bank whilst you are standing next to the cash machine. Do not leave it.

“By doing this they would allow for a card to be deactivated and the criminal would not be able to use it if they retrieve it from the machine.

“If you have had your card stolen, please report the incident by calling the police on 101.

“As well as all the usual precautions we take when withdrawing cash, like shielding the keypad, when typing in your PIN, you should always examine the machine before use.”

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