Europol said on Thursday that a member of an organized criminal group in the Netherlands that specializes in explosive ATM attacks blew himself up while filming a tutorial.
Europol officials announced that a joint investigation team with members from the Netherlands and Germany had uncovered an underground organized crime group and that nine suspects were detained after an 18-month joint operation.
Officials said criminals were preparing step-by-step tutorials on how to blow up cash machines.
During one such filming in September last year, Europol revealed that one suspect was killed and another was seriously injured.
An investigation into explosive ATM attacks was launched in February 2020 after authorities in Osnabrück, Germany, identified suspicious orders for ATM machines from a German company.
Europol said in a statement that surveillance measures were in place, which led investigators to Utrecht, the Netherlands, where “a 29-year-old man and his 24-year-old partner were running an illegal training center for ATM attacks.”
The couple was ordering different models of ATMs and recording tutorials on how to blow them up most effectively. Police say the two claimed they were using ATM machines for an art project in the Netherlands.
Law enforcement officials said the gang is linked to at least 15 ATM attacks in Germany.
Officials said the total damage, including both robbery and property damage, was around £1.5 million.
The joint investigation led the forces to several raids on 28 September. Seven houses were searched in Utrecht, Amsterdam and The Hague in the Netherlands. Three suspects were arrested who will soon be extradited to Germany.
The other six were arrested in the Netherlands in the past one year.
From 2015 to August 2020, there have been 634 ATM robberies in Germany, with robbers fleeing with £26.23 million ($35 million).handjob German Minister Herbert Raul said last year.
The number of ATM bombings in North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany doubled from 2015 to 125 this year, with most of the increase taking place in the border region with the Netherlands, nltimes informed of.
In 2020, more than 400 ATMs were blown up across Germany – a 19 percent increase from the previous year.
German officials believe that about two-thirds of the suspects come from the Netherlands. Local reports said that due to the stringent security measures adopted by Dutch banks, criminal activity shifted to Germany.
a Study The title “Preventing Physical ATM Attacks” – produced jointly by Europol and the European Crime Prevention Network – said: “Physical ATM attacks are attractive to criminals because the money is immediately available and there is a need for an extensive network to sell stolen goods.” Not required. It is a convenient option for criminals already active in organized property crime.”
Europol also said that explosive attacks against ATMs are a “growing concern, as they often endanger the lives of local residents and onlookers.”
“The cross-border investigation worked brilliantly,” said Osnabrück police chief Michael Massmann. “This is a big blow against the international scene which is blowing up ATMs and their criminal activities.”
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