Cops hunt three people after ATM customers have cash stolen in Mississauga and Brampton

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Published June 1, 2023 at 4:37 pm

Two men and a woman from Toronto are being hunted by Peel Regional Police in connection with an ATM scam in which numerous bank machine customers in Mississauga and Brampton had their cash stolen the past two months.

Peel police Fraud Bureau investigators have issued arrest warrants for  three individuals in relation to “a series of ATM thefts and mischiefs” in Peel that began in April of this year.

Police say banks and their customers across Peel and the GTA have been targeted as a small group of people have been tampering with ATMs to get victims’ cash.

“In each instance, the machine’s cash distribution doors would appear to be inoperative, leaving legitimate bank customers without their withdrawal. Once the customer left the machine, (those responsible for the tampering) would re-attend the ATM to retrieve the money and tampering device,” police said in a news release.

Arrest warrants have been issued for: Ionut Aurel Iova, 41, (28 charges of theft under $5,000, 28 charges of mischief); Marius Cosmin Iova, 36, (three charges of theft under $5,000, three charges of mischief); and Maria-Rodica Cicea, 40, (six charges of theft under $5,000, six charges of mischief).

Police say there may be more victims within the GTA and beyond as the suspects are believed to operate across Canada.

Victims are urged to report similar incidents to both their bank and police.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 905-453-2121, ext. 3335, or Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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