Croydon gang jailed for stealing bank cards from rigged cash machines

Croydon gang jailed for stealing bank cards from rigged cash machines

Ashok Balasubramanian

Thanfavel Vilvanadham

Basheer Ephraim

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Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A gang who pocketed thousands of pounds after rigging cash machines with devices to steal people's bank cards have been jailed.

Basheer Ebrahim, Ashok Balasubramanian and Thanfavel Vilvanadham, all of South End, South Croydon, fitted ATMs with traps to snare victims' cards before stealing them when they left.

The trio drove across the country with a notebook listing machines that had been tampered with, Gloucester Crown Court heard at their sentencing.

The three Sri Lankans stole £3,890 in total from 13 ATMs in Cheltenham and Gloucester between July and September last year, before being stopped by police on the M25 in a Nissan Micra belonging to Kusalakumar Sithambarapillai.

Officers found a list of targeted postcodes in the pocket of Ebrahim, 21.

Ebrahim, Balasubramanian and Vilvanadham all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal, conspiracy to defraud and possession of articles for use in connection with fraud.

Balasubramanian, 22, had just been released from jail for a similar offence before becoming involved in the scam.

He was jailed for 16 months.

Ebrahim and Vilvanadham, 50, were each jailed for a year.

Sithambarapillai, 48, of Hayes, was admitted driving the gang on two occasions and was jailed for four-and-a-half months for admitting conspiring to commit fraud.

After the hearing, Chief Inspector Steve Gillett, of Gloucestershire Police, said: "Crimes of this nature greatly affect their victims.

"Even though the bank may reimburse them, it is shocking to see hundreds of pounds gone from your account and very unpleasant to feel you have been watched while using a cashpoint.

"As this case shows, we will deal with all such offences robustly.

"These criminals follow others imprisoned last year so the message is clear: if you do this here you too can expect to be put before the courts and are likely to go to prison."

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1:36pm Tue 10 Jun 14

trasie says...

And will they be deported on release?
And will they be deported on release? trasie
  • Score: 10

1:56pm Tue 10 Jun 14

G_Whiz says...

trasie wrote:
And will they be deported on release?
I doubt it -

They are lucky. Any other country in the World would deport them. This spineless government, and the previous waste of space, like to keep the threat here.

Stuff the tax-payer and the victims.
[quote][p][bold]trasie[/bold] wrote: And will they be deported on release?[/p][/quote]I doubt it - They are lucky. Any other country in the World would deport them. This spineless government, and the previous waste of space, like to keep the threat here. Stuff the tax-payer and the victims. G_Whiz
  • Score: 12

4:56pm Tue 10 Jun 14

BenderTheMerciful says...

Tolerance will be the West downfall. We should no longer allow citizenship to foreigners.
Tolerance will be the West downfall. We should no longer allow citizenship to foreigners. BenderTheMerciful
  • Score: 3

8:05am Sun 22 Jun 14

Heartical says...

If their names were John Doe, Peter Smith and Terry Baker where would you lot send them. Australia????
With any luck your votes for BNP will be forgotten.
Most "foreigners" planned to help but a bunch of lazy idiots started getting angry when the "foreigners" looked for a job and found. Maybe the "foreigners" feel like your racism deserves reason.
People like you went round the world demanding that everyone give their lives to Jesus or suffer death in the worst way, and bartered with "foreigner" bodies for a smoke if healthy and threw bodies into the ocean for subordination and independant thought. Bodies that belonged to "foreigners" who were refused the right to speak in the languages they grew with. But now "WE" as collective hold all the powers to accept or deny the distasteful and criminal your still voting like oddiots and pedantics lacking real understanding. Forgive me for being black
If their names were John Doe, Peter Smith and Terry Baker where would you lot send them. Australia???? With any luck your votes for BNP will be forgotten. Most "foreigners" planned to help but a bunch of lazy idiots started getting angry when the "foreigners" looked for a job and found. Maybe the "foreigners" feel like your racism deserves reason. People like you went round the world demanding that everyone give their lives to Jesus or suffer death in the worst way, and bartered with "foreigner" bodies for a smoke if healthy and threw bodies into the ocean for subordination and independant thought. Bodies that belonged to "foreigners" who were refused the right to speak in the languages they grew with. But now "WE" as collective hold all the powers to accept or deny the distasteful and criminal your still voting like oddiots and pedantics lacking real understanding. Forgive me for being black Heartical
  • Score: 0

8:19am Sun 22 Jun 14

Heartical says...

G_Whiz wrote:
trasie wrote:
And will they be deported on release?
I doubt it -

They are lucky. Any other country in the World would deport them. This spineless government, and the previous waste of space, like to keep the threat here.

Stuff the tax-payer and the victims.
They should be sentenced to computer development or engineering more equipment to make hard work easier for the "taxpayer" without parole until a finished product. And paid in full on completion.
[quote][p][bold]G_Whiz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]trasie[/bold] wrote: And will they be deported on release?[/p][/quote]I doubt it - They are lucky. Any other country in the World would deport them. This spineless government, and the previous waste of space, like to keep the threat here. Stuff the tax-payer and the victims.[/p][/quote]They should be sentenced to computer development or engineering more equipment to make hard work easier for the "taxpayer" without parole until a finished product. And paid in full on completion. Heartical
  • Score: 0

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