Police in Slovakia have just reported that three members of an active gang have recently been arrested. They were part of a gang that has allegedly attacked 30 ATMs across Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Austria. The gang members were armed and well equipped when carrying out the attacks - they used explosives and vehicles with chains to get the ATMs off their anchorages.
The men may face prison sentences of between 10 and 15 years. The gang is alleged to have stolen €347,000, and an additonal €500,000 of collateral damage resulted from the attacks.
Physical attacks against ATMs (ram raids, pull out attacks, burglarly and robbery) appear to be an issue in parts of central and eastern Europe and, although they don't always grab the headlines the way that card skimming and other fraud does.
For the full story see an article in the Slovak Spectator.