Australian arrested for fake ATM card use

Friday, 15 November 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 46 By  Boonlua Chatree

An Australian man has been arrested for allegedly using fake electronic cards to steal 10 million baht from Pattaya ATMs.

Peter Junas, 42, was captured following a police stakeout of city automated-teller machines prompted by a complaint from the Siam Commercial Bank fraud department. Officers found 10,000 baht and a dozen fake ATM cards on him.

Junas’ picture was clearly captured on security cameras withdrawing funds, as well as his black Toyota. Police simply waited until he approached another ATM and then pounced.

Australian Peter Junas has been arrested again, this time for allegedly using fake electronic cards to steal 10 million baht from Pattaya ATMs.Australian Peter Junas has been arrested again, this time for allegedly using fake electronic cards to steal 10 million baht from Pattaya ATMs.

Police found another 128 fake cards hidden in the Toyota, then searched his room at the Icon Palace Apartments on Soi Nernplabwan where another 51 were found.

Police said Junas confessed, claiming he worked for a Spaniard who gave him the cards and 25 percent of the take.

This is the second time Junas has been arrested in Pattaya.  On May 27 this year, Junas was arrested on Soi Buakaow and charged with burglary after police found a hotel safe with a gold ring, bank book, passports and about 4,000 baht in Swiss francs on him after he refused to stop at a checkpoint near Soi Choun Rak Inn and Third Road. In his carry bag, police also found gloves, a hammer, screwdriver and other tools. It is unknown why he isn’t in jail for this first offense, or why he wasn’t blacklisted and deported.

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