Three Romanians held over bank card duplications
The thieves used informationed gained from transactions at IKEA to withdraw 20,000 euros.
On Saturday night police in Brussels apprehended three Romanian men in possession of more than a dozen duplicated bank cards and a haul of EUR 20,000 already withdrawn from cash machines, mainly from Place Rogier.
The Banksys company, who manage electronic payments, alerted officials to suspicious activity at a bank in the Place Rogier area on Saturday night. Two of the Romanians were arrested at the scene.
Police investigating the suspects found 14 cards belonging to customers who had made purchases at the home furniture store, IKEA. The suspects used the store to copy data from the magnetic strip on the back of the bank cards. The EUR20,000 in cash was found in the hotel room of one of the suspects.
The three men appeared in court yesterday.