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Men Charged in Debit Card Theft Ring Face Judge

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    2 Face Judge in Alleged ATM Theft Scheme

    Two men from Canada faced a Massachusetts judge on Monday in connection with an alleged ATM theft scheme.

    (Published Monday, April 29, 2019)

    Two men who are accused of stealing nearly $65,000 in a debit card theft ring that spanned several states faced a judge on Monday.

    Police in Hudson, New Hampshire said a tipster's call led to the discovery of the operation. Authorities received a call Friday of a suspicious man spending a lot of time at the Digital Federal Credit Union ATM.

    "If you see something, you say something. And this individual did," said Hudson Police Chief William Avery. "Who knows how much money that was totally stolen, or could have been stolen?"

    Police arrested Syed Hoque, 23, of Brooklyn, New York, as a result of the call and discovered thousands of dollars in cash and debit cards inside the vehicle he was driving.

    Suspects in Methuen ATM Theft Ring Due in Court

    [NECN] Suspects in Methuen ATM Theft Ring Due in Court

    Three men accused of being responsible for a string of ATM thefts in several states are due in court.

    (Published Monday, April 29, 2019)

    The investigation led officials to a Days Hotel, where police say Hoque and two other men were operating a theft ring. The two other men were identified as 30-year-old Tharushan Nirmalachandran of Quebec, Canada and 28-year-old Ajitharan Reveendran of Ontario, Canada.

    Nirmalachandran and Reveendran appeared in Lawrence District Court Monday where they were ordered held on $500,000 bail.

    "The two co-defendants have different sides of the story," said a defense attorney.

    Methuen Police Capt. Kristopher McCarthy said the trio flew to Atlanta from Toronto and each rented their own vehicles to travel up the East Coast. They then ended up in Methuen.

    Authorities said the men used an illegal scanner device to load fake money onto stolen prepaid debit cards, and then using the cards to withdraw real money.

    Nirmalachandran and Reveendran are due back in court next month. It's unclear when Hoque is due to be arraigned or if he has an attorney.

    Elaborate ATM Theft Ring Busted in Methuen

    [NECN] Elaborate ATM Theft Ring Busted in Methuen

    Three men are facing charges after they allegedly stole debit cards and withdrew more than $60,000 from ATMs in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

    (Published Sunday, April 28, 2019)

    Authorities said more arrests could be made.

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