Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: NBC ATM Thief File Transferred to DCI

ILALA District police says that the case involving a Bulgarian trained ATM thief has been transferred to the cyber crime unit in the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) for further investigation.

According to the Ilala Regional Police Commander (RPC), Marietha Minangi who did not disclose the name of the suspect said, "We are still following up on the incident and the file was referred to the DCI for further scrutiny and investigations," she said.

She, however, said that the cyber crime unit is investigating the attempted theft to establish the type of gadgets used to carry out the alleged theft attempt and transactions in ATM machines. The commander further said that DCI and the National Bank of Commerce (NBC) are working closely in these investigations.

An official of NBC confirmed the report and said that the bank will comment on the matter next week. The office of the DCI did not comment on the matter, since several attempts to reach them proved futile.

The DCI, according to the commander, is also tracing the other suspects who were with the thief at Tabata NBC ATM who vanished immediately after their colleague was arrested. Police had said that the suspect confessed to have committed the crimes for a long time at different banks in the city and that he is part of the syndicate involving a wave of ATM thefts in the country.

Ms Minangi said the suspect has told the police that he learned about ATM theft techniques in Bulgaria and admitted to carrying out several such crimes in the city.

According to eyewitnesses, the suspect had been struggling to manipulate the ATM system at a bank in the city, drawing the attention of a security guard, who suspected something fishy was going on, as the screen display appeared to have strange markings other than the normal display.

He then stormed into the ATM stall to establish what the suspect was doing and immediately raised an alarm. Bank customers who were waiting for their turn to use the ATM facility responded and the suspect was arrested. The 'Sunday News' recently carried out a survey and established that ATM thefts had hit several banks in Dar es Salaam and other regions, including Mwanza and Arusha.

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