Six jailed for ATM hacking in Greenwich, Bromley and Kent

Six men have been sentenced to jail time for a conspiracy to steal over a £100,000 from ATMs in Greenwich Bromley and north Kent.

The gang, all involved in an organised crime group, tampered with the wiring of cash machines before attaching an electronic device containing malware which prompted the dispenser to hand out money.

Targeting ATMs in Northfleet, Gravesend, Colchester, Greenwich, Bromley, Barking and Basildon across early 2020, they managed to steal at least £120,000.

Petru-Giani Feraru, Razvan Danaila, Robert Danaila, Victor Camara, Ioan Constantin and Constantin Lupoaie have now been sentenced to a combined total of 13 years and seven months in jail.

Kent Police: Crime gang jailed after hacking ATMs in Greenwich, Bromley and north Kent

Kent Police: Crime gang jailed after hacking ATMs in Greenwich, Bromley and north Kent

Detective Constable Terry Hanlon, Kent Police’s investigating officer for the case, said: “Each of these offenders were involved in a sophisticated and well organised conspiracy that resulted in a substantial amount of money being stolen from law abiding businesses.

“Despite going to great lengths to commit their offences, and committing them across several policing areas, we were able to painstakingly gather a trail of evidence they had overlooked.”

“Had they not been detained, I have no doubt that they would have continued to offend and I am pleased that they are now unable to do so.

Kent Police: Crime gang jailed after hacking ATMs in Greenwich, Bromley and north Kent

Kent Police: Crime gang jailed after hacking ATMs in Greenwich, Bromley and north Kent

“Their successful prosecution is a clear demonstration that Kent Police, and its partners, have the resources and expertise to target high profile offending, regardless of how sophisticated the offenders believe they are.”

Kent Police said detectives gathered a variety of evidence, including CCTV footage which linked Feraru, Camara and both Danailas to seven offences committed between 2 January and 31 January.

This included the targeting of individual machines in London Road, Northfleet, and Valley Drive, Gravesend, on 11 and 17 January respectively.

The four men were detained in Essex on the night of 30 January and, following their arrests, officers uncovered video on Feraru’s phone which showed the inner workings of a cash machine.

On 6 April a further offence took place in Basildon. Essex Police officers promptly attended and, following a search of the area, stopped Constantin and Lupoaie for a search.

Kent Police: Crime gang jailed after hacking ATMs in Greenwich, Bromley and north Kent

Kent Police: Crime gang jailed after hacking ATMs in Greenwich, Bromley and north Kent

They went on to find Lupoaie in possession of a laptop used to hack the machine and messages on his mobile phone that detailed the offending.

Sentencing:

• Feraru, 23, of no fixed address, was sentenced to two years and one month for conspiracy to steal between 31 December 2019 and 31 January 2020.

• Razvan Danaila, 30, of Garnett Way, Walthamstow, was sentenced to two years and six months for conspiracy to steal between 31 December 2019 and 31 January 2020.

• Robert Danaila, 25, of Ilford Lane, Ilford, was sentenced to two years and four months for conspiracy to steal between 31 December 2019 and 31 January 2020.

• Camara, 32, of Eldeland, Basildon, was sentenced to two years and four months for conspiracy to steal between 31 December 2019 and 31 January 2020

• Constantin, 27, of The Gore, Basildon, was sentenced to three years and four months for conspiracy to steal between 31 December 2019 and 7 April 2020.

• Lupoaie, 18, of no fixed address, was sentenced to one year for conspiring to steal on 6 April 2020.

DC Hanlon added: “Had they not been detained, I have no doubt that they would have continued to offend and I am pleased that they are now unable to do so.

“Their successful prosecution is a clear demonstration that Kent Police, and its partners, have the resources and expertise to target high profile offending, regardless of how sophisticated the offenders believe they are.”

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