Thiruvananthapuram: Romanian national Gabriel Marian has been arrested in Mumbai in connection with the hi-tech ATM robbery case. Marian along with two other foreigners is suspected to be involved in the robbery in which a number of people lost money in Thiruvananthapuram.
Kerala Police had on Tuesday zeroed in on three foreign nationals, who are suspected to be the key players behind the hi-tech ATM robbery, and decided to seek Interpol's help.
A team of the Kerala Police is in Mumbai to seek his custody. Police said Marian does not know English and is not cooperating with the investigation.
Two other suspects fled the country. Their visa had expired in July.
The trio, found installing an electronic device inside an ATM kiosk of a public sector bank at Vellayambalam, had been caught in the CCTV installed there.
According to police, the three foreign nationals were from Romania and had come to India on June 25 and reached Kerala on July 8.The three had come on tourist visas and had taken rooms in a hotel for two days.
Police also seized from the hotel two scooters and three helmets, suspected to have been used by the trio.
The state police shared their photos and other available details with their counterparts in other states which led to the arrest of one among them. So far, more than 20 people had lodged complaints saying money was withdrawn from their account.
It is suspected that the electronic device at the ATM counter enabled the fraudsters to collect the secret pin code and card details.
Many of the customers who were duped came to know about the fraud after they received a text message on Monday, informing that money was withdrawn from their accounts.