Three men have been jailed for attaching a card skimming device to a cash machine in Chester city centre.
Iliuta-Gheorghe Balica, 32, of Chester Road, Liverpool, Ionut Bunoaica, 22, of Chester Road, Liverpool, and Liviu Zagorschi, 33, of Dovey Street, Liverpool, were jailed at Chester Crown Court on Thursday 30 November after pleading guilty to conspiracy to steal.
Police were called by a member of the public to an ATM on St Werburgh Street, on October 30, after their card didn’t emerge from the machine and they noticed a skimming device and a camera after closer inspection.
Police arrested the three men, who are all Romanian nationals, after stopping the car they were travelling in a short time later.
Balica was sentenced to 12 months in prison and Bunoaica and Zagorschi were jailed for 13 months.
Chief Inspector Mike Evans said: “As result of the fantastic information we received from the member of the public these three men are now behind bars.
“Card skimming is always a serious crime because of the organisation required to carry it out. We are pleased that these men are paying for trying to make easy money.”