Gardaí from Kildare have arrested two men who were caught using a skimming device on an ATM in Kildare Town yesterday.
The men were arrested in Blanchardstown this morning by members of the Kildare Garda Division after using the device on the bank ATM in Kildare Town.
Both men, who are in their 30's, are being held at Newbridge and Kildare Garda Stations under Section 4 of The Criminal Justice Act where they will be interviewed in relation to their criminal activities.
It is thought that these criminals form part of an Eastern European criminal organisation and the arrests are seen as a significant development in this case which involved the targeting of eight different bank branches in Dublin, Kildare and Meath.
The Kildare Gardai, supported by the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau, Harcourt Square, had been working closely with a major Irish financial institution in an attempt to intercept the criminals involved.
Skimming devices and credit cards were recovered at the scene of the arrests.
Speaking today Detective Chief Superintendent Patrick Lordan of Garda National Economic Crime Bureau said:
"Gardai are working on a daily basis with the financial institutions to prevent fraud. I would again like to stress the importance of being vigilant in all your financial dealings. Pay particular attention to suspicious activity or unusual items in the vicinity of ATMs.”
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