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And it probably only got investigated because it was a large amount and taken from a Taiwanese institution by *gasp* foreigners
For any other small crime the cameras don't work.
I would say if it was only a $5M heist there would be no manhunt either.
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GC Rider wrote:Such amateurs! They probably got all their intelligence on Taiwan from reading posts on Forumosa. Here the consensus seems to be that Taiwanese police are all useless and stupid and corrupt and would not even bother to act on traffic violations, let alone stand up to organized crime. I'm glad that everyone was proven wrong this time. Also good to read that ordinary Taiwanese citizens confronted the gangsters and helped in cracking the case. Another myth destroyed.
If they read forumosa first they would know Taiwanese police is only tough when it comes to foreigners and unarmed protesters.
Don't confuse me with your reasonableness.
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headhonchoII wrote:Taiwan has really tightened up the immigration IT system, all those clear shots were from the immigration counter.
Ah so, I stand corrected.
Milkybar_Kid wrote:When I saw footage of them being arrested they looked very placid and almost like they accepted the situation.
Seriously, we were cracking up watching the news, they showed the Latvian dude sitting in the police station, handcuffed, and he looked like he was at the frigging beach.
Like Boris/Sergie in The Wire.
I guess for some of these guys a Taiwanese police station is not very intimidating. Some seem to may be in debt or have other issues....
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From the news I read they said this case is part of the series of multinational ATM malware organised by Russian mafia, and it's been going on for more than a decade and in more than 30 different countries, and they never got caught until in Taiwan, which sounds suspicious to me but well it's not like Taiwanese media are known for their credibility.
That Latvian guy is most likely a Russian guy living in Latvia. Apparently some 40% of the Latvian population are Russian (thanks to the lovely policy of ethnic cleansing in the Baltic States of the Soviet Union) and a lot of them don't speak a slick of Latvian. The news said that there was a female police who speaks Russian (impressive) and she was in charge of interpreting. The first thing this Andrej guy asked was that if he's gonna be convicted of death penalty (the answer would be no) and he said he can't expose too much information because his wife and daughter's lives are at stake due to the Russian mafia, which is really sad.
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Seems all the bounty has been recovered:
Taipei, July 20 (CNA) Police believe they have found the remaining NT$23 million (US$718,750) stolen from First Bank's automatic teller machines (ATMs) earlier this month that had yet to be recovered, they said Wednesday.
Police said they found a black plastic bag dumped in a remote part of West Lake Park in Neihu district in Taipei that contained the stolen cash, and they were still counting the money as of Wednesday afternoon.
The authorities brought Latvian Andrejs Peregudovs, one of the suspects arrested in the case, to identify the place where he hid the plastic bag.
Sad such a smart plan ended up in complete loss.
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The "plan' was hatched by masterminds who sent in minions to do the deed. The minions didn't follow the playbook. The masterminds remain at large is what it all looks like.
Now the minions get to spend a few years studying Taiwanese and maybe some gwo yue courtesy of the TW govt 24/7.
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Large scale organized criminal group, amazing how many nationalities were involved. Would be dangerous to deal with I am sure.
But Taiwanese are winning in international organized crime right now with arrests in the thousands and billions being extracted around the world.
These guys were chump change in comparison!
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