People using ATMs warned to stay ‘vigilant’ after man jailed for tampering with Leicester cash machines

Cash points along a busy Leicester street had devices attached to them to cover the slots meaning users did not receive their withdrawals.

A man has now been sentenced to prison for attaching these “cash-traps” devices to ATM machines in Belgrave last month – prompting a warning to people to be wary when withdrawing their money.

Igor Murzac was arrested and charged with one count of theft, one count of attempted theft and one count of going equipped for theft for tampering with the cash machines along Melton Road.

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Leicestershire Police said they were were alerted to the crime following reports on January 22 that a device had been attached to an ATM machine.

The 41-year-old, of no fixed address, was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison at his trial at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on February 14.

The force alerted residents to the dodgy machines via Neighbourhood Link.

They wrote: “The beat team have become aware that on some of the ATM machines on the Belgrave and surrounding areas have been fitted with a tampering device that discreetly covers the cash slot and acts as a cash trap when the money is dispensed – ultimately this means that the person will not receive their money.

“It is not immediately obvious if you do not know what you are looking for.

“Please make the community aware and to be vigilant when using cash machines.

“The good news – The beat team were able to catch and arrest an individual responsible and he was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison. This person was not local and unlikely to return.

“However, should their be any further cash trap devices located, please do not touch it and make contact with the police via 101 and do not use the cash machine.”

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