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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Australia's crime-busting biking banker!

Australia bank employee jumps on bike to help police nab suspected member of ATM fraud gang

A quick-thinking bank worker in Sydney, Australia, took to his bike yesterday to help thwart what police believe is an international criminal gang targeting automatic teller machines (ATMs).

NSW Police Force said that they received a call shortly before 7am yesterday morning from the bank employee regarding a man who was apparently making suspicious withdrawals from cash machines in the Haymarket area of the New South Wales city.

Presumably pausing only to put his cape on, ensure his underwear was outside his trousers, and stick his helmet on – this is Australia, after all – the crime-busting banker then hopped on his bike to ride to the area in question, with a colleague relaying details by telephone of where subsequent transactions were taking place.

The unnamed bank employee is said to have witnessed the man making a series of withdrawals from an ATM. Police approached the suspect, who tried to run away, and when they apprehended him discovered he was a Romanian national carrying a large amount of cash as well as credit cards and gift cards.

The 35-year-old man, whose visa expired last May, was also in Australia illegally. He has been charged with dealing in the proceeds of crime as well as 39 counts of being in possession of a false document, and was refused bail. He was due in court today.

Police suspect that the man belongs to a syndicate responsible for a number of instances of fraud throughout Australia.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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road slapper | 12 years ago


how cynical but true...  3

cidermart | 12 years ago

he would be out on bail to continue his little enterprise if that was this country and the bank worker would be jailed for breaching his human rights or something.

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