The Jakarta Police general crimes unit shot to death a man of Bulgarian nationality who was allegedly involved in an ATM skimming case.
The shooting happened two weeks after two other Bulgarians were arrested, along with one Chilean and one Taiwanese national in relation to a string of ATM skimming incidents.
Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said the suspect attempted to attack officers using a sharp weapon during his arrest in Tangerang, Banten, on Thursday.
“[The suspect] took his belt buckle knife and tried to attack our personnel,” Argo said, as quoted by tempo.co.
He explained that the case had come to light when the Yogyakarta Police were investigating skimming incidents in Yogyakarta, which led to the suspect, who was staying in Tangerang. The Yogyakarta Police then coordinated with the Jakarta Police to arrest the suspect.
The police seized evidence, namely 940 cloning cards, three laptops, two encoders, nine spy cams, a skimmer card and a set of deep skimmers.
“[The suspect] had installed skimmers in a number of ATMs in Tangerang, Batam, Yogyakarta, Solo, Bali and Bandung,” Argo said, adding that the suspect was helped by two others, who are still at large.
One of them, a Bulgarian national, allegedly provided skimming tools and cards to the suspect.
ATM skimming came to the public’s attention on March 13 when dozens of Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) customers in Kediri, East Java, reported loses ranging from Rp 500,000 (US$35) to Rp 10 million per person.