ATM 'shoulder-surfer' arrested in Garda swoop at Dublin Airport

ATM 'shoulder-surfer' arrested in Garda swoop at Dublin Airport

A man who 'shoulder-surfed' people around Ireland and then stole from their ATM accounts has been arrested in a dramatic Garda swoop at Dublin Airport.

The man was arrested this week after being out of the country for six months.

Gardaí suspect all the crimes were committed in March and April of this year at various locations around the country.

The man had been identified on CCTV footage but fled the country a short time later.

Gardaí swooped on the suspect and he is currently being questioned and charged to appear at a future sitting of the courts.

A spokesman for Gardaí in Donegal said they were aware of at least one of the man's alleged victims in Letterkenny.

He said "The male suspect was apprehended this week after re-entering the country six months after committing the crimes in April.

"The man is currently in custody after being charged with similar offences all over the country in March and April.

"In Letterkenny, the thief had watched an elderly man using his bank card and noted his PIN number.

"Some time later, he distracted the man and stole the card from his wallet.

"A very large sum of money was taken from the man's bank account and the suspect also used the card in a Letterkenny shop.

"On return to Dublin Airport this week, the suspect was arrested under a joint operation with Gardaí and the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau.

"Detective Gardaí from Letterkenny interviewed the man and he was charged with the offences committed in Letterkenny in April.

In light of these events, gardaí are warning the public to take care when using bank cards.

"Please be careful when using your bank card in the shop or at the ATM and always cover the keypad when entering your PIN number," added the Garda spokesman.

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